• Sen. Raumesh Akbari, D-Memphis, is an lawyer, a family business enterprise owner and a board member of the National Civil Rights Museum. She represents District 29 in the Tennessee Senate.

As a Black teen developing up in Memphis, I was constantly perplexed, and later offended, that the metropolis of Memphis dedicated our tax bucks to public memorials honoring Nathan Bedford Forrest – a brutal enslaver who tortured and bought people today like my ancestors.

His legacy of treason against the United States and terrorism against Black Us residents as the very first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan hardly seemed deserving of celebration.

So, as a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives, I made available my full assistance to city leaders in Memphis who proposed eradicating the Forrest memorials.

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To me, it was a under no circumstances a question of no matter if Forrest’s steps ought to be remembered. Of study course, we should really never ever forget the atrocities he dedicated in West Tennessee and we really should teach foreseeable future generations the horrific outcomes of these steps.