Statue of KKK founder Nathan Bedford Forrest vandalized

Statue of KKK founder Nathan Bedford Forrest vandalized


MEMPHIS (AP) - A statue of Confederate icon and Ku Klux Klan founder Nathan Bedford Forrest in University of Tennessee Health Sciences Park in Memphis has been vandalized with two large spots of red paint.

Sons of Confederate Veterans spokesman Lee Millar told The Commercial Appeal that city employees pressure-washed the concrete slab on Friday to remove the graffiti.

Forrest, a Confederate war general, was the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

Millar said he was headed to work around 8 a.m. Friday when he got a call from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center campus police about the graffiti.

The statue sits atop the graves of the confederate general and his wife. In between the blotches, Millar said was written an anti-Ku Klux Klan message.

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