Ku Klux Klan Leader's Monument Draws Ire of Alabama Residents

Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest was known for ordering the indiscriminate killing of surrendered African-American soldiers during the Civil War. 

Posted: 08/24/2012 10:51 AM EDT
Nathan Bedford Forrest bust

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A monument built to honor Confederate general, slave owner and Ku Klux Klan grand wizard, Nathan Bedford Forrest, is rousing up some in Alabama who say Forrest is no hero.

Despite protests and public objection to the monument, two confederate advocacy groups, Friends of Forrest and the United Daughters of the Confederacy, have banded together to replace the stolen bust and will add a pedestal and fencing to prevent future vandalism. NBC News reports:

“Though Forrest was one of the Confederacy’s better generals and their best cavalry leader, he was an “extreme racist,” Mark Pitcavage, an expert of military history and right-wing extremism at the Anti-Defamation League, told NBC News.

... But, Malika Sanders-Fortier, who described herself as a community leader in Selma, has started a petition calling for the city council to remove the monument.

"Monuments celebrating violent racism and intolerance have no place in this country, let alone in a city like Selma, where the families of those attacked by the Klan still live," she wrote in her petition, which had collected more than 15,000 signatures as of Wednesday."

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