Tuesday, Mar. 13, 2012
Gen. Forrest bust disappears from Alabama cemetery
SELMA, Ala. — Police in Selma are investigating the disappearance of a bust of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest from a city cemetery.
Old Live Oak Cemetery superintendent said the last time anyone remembers seeing the bust was Friday. The bronze bust sat atop a large granite monument.
Some in Selma have criticized the monument. In addition to leading Confederate troops in the Battle of Selma, Forrest is also known as the founder of the Ku Klux Klan.
Soon after it was dedicated in October 2000, the monument was vandalized and was moved to the Confederate monument area inside the cemetery.
Selma Police Chief William T. Riley said his department didn’t have any leads but did contact area scrap yards to see if anyone had tried to sell it.