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Statue Of Ex-KKK Leader Was Vandalized And Painted Pink

Image Courtesy Of USA Today And Library of Congress

In Tennessee, the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest was vandalized and painted pink.

In Tennessee, the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest was vandalized and painted pink.

The owner of a contentious Confederate statue along Interstate 65 says he will leave a coat of pink paint applied by vandals in order to draw more attention to the sculpture. The statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest, located on private property alongside Interstate 65 south of downtown, portrays the early Ku Klux Klan leader and former Confederate general riding a horse.

During the Civil War, Nathan Bedford Forrest was accused of war crimes for the murder of Black Union soldiers and Southern Unionists. Following the war, Forrest helped form the Ku Klux Klan , a terror organization responsible for the deaths of thousands of his fellow countrymen. Those who suffered most from the Klan's reign of terror were former African slaves and their descendants. During his life, Forrest was a slaver and the owner of several plantations . To this day, the former KKK leader’s bust sits on display inside the state Capitol in Nashville.

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