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Tennessee governor signs proclamation honoring early KKK leader, sparking backlash

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  • Tennessee governor signs proclamation honoring early KKK leader, sparking backlash

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed a proclamation declaring Saturday "Nathan Bedford Forrest Day," in honor of the Confederate Army general who was a slave trader and an early member of the Ku Klux Klan.

    Under Tennessee law, governors are required to proclaim six dates as "days of special observance" including July 13 as "Nathan Bedford Forrest Day"; June 3 as "Memorial Day" or "Confederate Decoration Day"; and January 19 as "Robert E. Lee Day."
    The Republican governor signed the proclamation on Wednesday,sparking backlash on social media from some lawmakers and local leaders.
    https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/13/polit...est/index.html
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