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Panel reviewing name of MTSU building to get public input

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Members of a panel appointed to offer a recommendation about a Middle Tennessee State University building named after Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest say they will have an open and public deliberation process.

MTSU President Sidney McPhee announced in June he would engage the university community about the building's name. That followed a mass shooting at a historically black church in South Carolina that sparked debate about Confederate symbols.

Nathan Bedford Forrest is historically known for being a slave trader and early Ku Klux Klan member.

Derek Frisby is chairman of the committee tasked with reviewing the name. He told The Daily News Journal (http://on.dnj.com/1O7eZR1) they will have multiple public-input sessions about Forrest Hall, including one early next month.

The building houses MTSU's Army Reserve Officer Training Corps program.