Tennessee State Representative Jeremy Faison wants to replace a bust the KKK founder. He’s calling for the statue to be removed and replaced with a Dolly Parton Statue.
A bust Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest graces the halls the Tennessee state capitol. Forrest was a slave trader and one the first members the Ku Klux Klan.
Speaking in an interview with The Tennessean newspaper, Faison suggested Dolly Parton or state suffragette Anne Dallas Dudley as replacements. Faison’s efforts to get the racist statue replaced will face several hurdles.
The Capitol Commission that oversees the building has already voted against removing it once. Current governor Bill Lee, a Republican, wants to keep the bust where it is. He says he will consider adding an ‘additional historical context’ to the statue. Lee recently signed a law back in July commemorating Nathan Bedford Forrest Day.
Faison says he believes a person like Forrest should not be honored in the state capitol. “Hitler has earned his place in history, but they don’t put monuments him in Germany anymore,” he said.
A petition for the governor to remove the bust has reached 50,000 signatures in the state. If any action is the be taken, the Capitol Commission and the Tennessee Historical Commission would need to vote again. No such resolution has been introduced yet.
Dolly Parton is arguably one the most influential stars from Tennessee. and her illustrious influence on have sealed Parton as a Tennessee GOAT. It would better serve the people the state to see a current figure who has achieved success that can be enjoyed by all.
Faison’s new position is pro that minds can be changed. When the first vote on the bust happened, he was in favor keeping the statue in the capitol building. After delving into the ideology espoused by Forrest, he believes the statue would be better suited in a museum.