Second attempt underway to remove Confederate General’s name from MTSU building
MURFREESBORO, Tennessee (WKRN) – Leaders at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro have renewed their efforts to remove the name of a Confederate general and early KKK leaders from one of the school buildings.
The Army’s ROTC building, Forrest Hall, is currently named in honor of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest. Previously, people had protested and demanded that Forrest’s name be removed.
On Tuesday, the MTSU board of directors voted unanimously to support a second effort to seek state approval for the removal of Forrest’s name.
“It is the intention of the university, upon my recommendation, to remove the name,” MTSU president Sidney A. McPhee told trustees. He previously cited Forrest’s name on the structure as a distraction from the “values, goals and priorities we share as a modern, inclusive and comprehensive university.”
According to MTSU, McPhee wants to re-apply to the Tennessee Historical Commission to request the name change a second time after the commission rejected its first attempt in 2018. Tennessee law requires a two-thirds vote to approve this type. changes to government buildings.
The school said President McPhee was encouraged to make another attempt following the recent commission approval to remove Forrest’s bust from the Tennessee State Capitol.