Tenn. Governor Bill Lee says he regrets wearing Confederate uniform

Bill Lee (R) wears a Confederate uniform at an "Old South" party in 1980.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A photo of Governor Bill Lee has surfaced depicting him wearing a Confederate uniform while attending an "Old South" party with his fraternity, Kappa Alpha.

The yearbook page in the "Greek Life" section features a caption saying:

"...KA is based on the ideals that its founding fathers saw exemplified in their college president, Robert E. Lee. These ideals constituted the frame and fabric of Southern Culture and include chivalry, valor, loyalty and reverence for womankind. It is for this reason that KA at Auburn Univ. each spring has a week long celebration of the grandeur and glory of the OLD SOUTH."

WVLT News reached out to Gov. Bill Lee's office for comment but at the time of publication, had not received a response.

According to a report by the Associated Press, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee was 17 when he joined the Kappa Alpha fraternity at Auburn University, which every spring held an “Old South” party where he and other members dressed in Confederate uniforms.

The fraternity has since ended the tradition, and Lee, four decades removed from his undergraduate days at the Alabama university, says he regrets attending and wearing the uniform, and has come to see his participation in the event differently.