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VOL. 39 | NO. 25 | Friday, June 19, 2015

Nashville officials seek to cover up Bedford statue

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NASHVILLE (AP) - As Tennessee lawmakers seek to remove a bust of Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest form the Capitol, a couple of Metro Nashville Council members are seeking to cover up a private statue of Forrest that sits along the Interstate 65 corridor.

The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1Rr3fbw) reports Councilwoman Megan Barry, who is running for mayor, said in a statement that she wants to use private funds to purchase trees and brush to block views of the statue.

Metro Councilman Jerry Maynard, who advises mayoral candidate Bill Freeman, told the newspaper he is working on a resolution to ask the state to block visibility of the statue.

The moves from state and local lawmakers come days after nine people were gunned down in a historic black church in South Carolina, prompting a debate over Confederate symbols.

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