Senator Gilmore speaks to the State Capitol Commission about why they should do the right thing and remove the bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest from the State Capitol. Forrest was a Confederate General and the first Grand Wizard of the KKK. His bust has been in the Tennessee State Capitol since 1978, with protesters advocating for its removal for years.
The Commission voted 9-2 in favor of removal, with State Representative Matthew Hill and Senator Jack Johnson being the only dissenters.
The Historical Commission will have the final say on its removal.
WATCH: "Tears come to my eyes every time I get off that elevator."@SenatorGilmore gave an impassioned plea to the State Capitol Commission this morning on why the Nathan Bedford Forrest bust should be removed.
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