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Lack of race relations
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Whiskers    Posted 02-03-2001 at 05:42:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Selma, Al - In the not too distant past, a group of citizens formed an organization, raised money, and had a small atatue made of Gen. Nathan B. Forrest(CSA). This statue was placed at the front of a museum with the approval of the city council. Last August, the city elected a new black mayor. The first council meeting was consumed by people wanting the statue removed. The mayor may be in sympathy with a few rabble rousers who are leading this movement, but has publicly tried to be neutral. The support of this group helped to get him elected, but this issue was not made public until after the election. The leaders are the local NAACP, an Attorney named Rose Sanders and her husband, Hank, who is also an attorney and a state Senator. Gen. Forrest was left to defend Selma in the last days of the war, so has some history here. The objections to him are that he was a Confederate General, he murdered black Union troops at Ft. Pillow, Ky. and that he was a leader in the KKK from 1868 to 1872. He left the KKK because it was changing into a vigilante group and he could not stop it.He was cleared of any wrongdoing at Ft. Pillow in a hearing by Gen. Sherman after the war. The statue has had garbage dumped around it, and at one demonstration, they attempted to topple it with a rope around Gen. Forrests neck. The plans now are to put Gen. Forrest on public trial later this month during the Black History celebration. Sorry about the length of this post, I couldn't find a stopping point. More Later.

Mike Taylor    Posted 02-04-2001 at 16:57:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
One should remember history - not try to destroy it. If you destroy it, then there won't be anything for future generations to remember. Might make them prone to repeat it. Sorta like burning books you don't like.

Old Sarge    Posted 02-03-2001 at 07:20:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Gee I wasn't aware that anybody else knew bout Gen Forrest. We have a reenactment bout 20 miles from me here every year bout him. It's called the "Battle of Sacramento". Last year had about 4,000 reenactors show up. It usually lasts bout 3 days. Gen Forrest came thru this part of Ky., and burned several courthouses.

big fred    Posted 02-04-2001 at 13:59:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Let's hope them courthouses was full of lawyers

Mudcat49    Posted 02-03-2001 at 06:21:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Does Selma Al. have littering laws on their books? If so then some arrest need to be made in the garbage dumping!! How about distruction of private/public property? More arrest need to be made in the rope around the neck thing!!! I'm sure that Rose Sanders and her husband Hank being attorneys know the laws, but don't think they have to obey them!!!!

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