Gov. Lee "will be working" to change Nathan Bedford Forrest proclamation law

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT/WTVF) -- Governor Bill Lee announced he plans to change a 1970s law forcing governors to issue a proclamation honoring Nathan Bedford Forrest, CBS affiliate WTVF reported.

Lee issued a statement on Monday:

While it is my job as governor to enforce the law, I want Tennesseans to know where my heart is on this issue. Our state’s history is rich, complex and in some cases painful. With this in mind, I will be working to change this law.

Forrest was an early Ku Klux Klan leader, a Civil War Confederate General and slave trader. Nathan Bedford Forrest Day has been observed in Tennessee for almost 50 years.

Lee faced criticism after signing the proclamation in the week of July 8.

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