Should Selma have a Nathan Bedford Forrest monument? Most AL.com readers who responded to survey say ‘yes’
By Mike Cason
December 11, 2013
MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Three-fourths of AL.com readers who responded to an online poll on whether Selma should have a monument to Nathan Bedford Forrest said the city should have a monument to the Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader.
Forrest, considered by some a military genius, fought in the Battle of Selma near the end of the Civil War. He was a slave trader in Memphis before the war.
There has been a monument to Forrest in Selma since 2000, and it has been a source of controversy in a city known for its rich Civil War and civil rights histories.
The monument was originally at a city-owned building downtown but was later moved to Confederate Memorial Circle in a city-owned cemetery. Part of it was stolen in 2012 and has not been recovered.
A privately-funded plan to upgrade the monument and the circle last year sparked protests, a work stoppage and a lawsuit against the city.
In AL.com’s poll, 680 respondents, 75 percent, said Selma should have a Forrest monument, while 130, 14 percent, said it should not. Ninety-five readers, 11 percent, said Selma should have a monument only if it’s on private property.
AL.com’s online polls reflect the views of readers who choose to participate and are not a scientific sampling of opinion used to predict the views of the public as a whole.
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