Controversy Brewing in Selma Over Nathan Bedford Forrest Monument


By George McDonald

From the CBS 8 West Alabama Newsroom--  A controversy is brewing in Selma over a new monument being built in honor of Nathan Bedford Forrest.

The controversy centers around the historic facts about the life and legacy of the confederate general.

State Senator Hank Sanders says Forrest was the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan -- and he wants construction of the new monument stopped.

"Nathan Bedford Forrest lead his troops to kill black soldiers who had surrendered. He killed women and children that would be enough alone that you would not have this monument built," said Sanders.

But members of the group building the monument say Forrest was a confederate hero -- who lead the defense of Selma against Union troops during the Civil War.

"We're fortunate to live in a country where we each could have our own opinion and my hero may be a villain to you, and you may have some heroes that I don't think much of, but we're both allowed to venerate our heroes," said Todd Kiscaden with the Friends of Forrest.

He said the group decided to make improvements to the monument after the original bust of Forrest disappeared off the monument back in March.

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