Will He or Won’t He?
Gov. Bill Haslam’s call to remove the bust of Forrest from the state capitol comes less than a year after he proclaimed “Nathan Bedford Forrest Day” in the Great State of Tennessee. And coming up next Monday is the day that is designated by law for such an occasion. Here is the relevant statute.
Title 15 Holidays
Chapter 2 Days of Special Observance
Tenn. Code Ann. § 15-2-101 (2014)
15-2-101. Additional special observance days.
Each year it is the duty of the governor of this state to proclaim the following as days of special observance: January 19, “Robert E. Lee Day”; February 12, “Abraham Lincoln Day”; March 15, “Andrew Jackson Day”; June 3, “Memorial Day” or “Confederate Decoration Day”; July 13, “Nathan Bedford Forrest Day”; and November 11, “Veterans’ Day.” The governor shall invite the people of this state to observe the days in schools, churches, and other suitable places with appropriate ceremonies expressive of the public sentiment befitting the anniversary of such dates.
HISTORY: Acts 1931, ch. 2, § 1; C. Supp. 1950, § 7520.1; Acts 1953, ch. 91, § 1; impl. am. Act of Congress, June 1, 1954, ch. 250; Acts 1969, ch. 166, § 3; 1973, ch. 23, § 2; T.C.A. (orig. ed.), § 55-204.
So-o-o-o-o. Will Bill do what he has done 4 times in the last 4 years and proclaim a day of “special observance” for Ol’ Nathan? Or will he adhere to his recently acquired politically correct convictions that Forrest should be cleansed from history like a dead member of the old Soviet Politburo?
Either way, the governor – once again – has placed himself in a quandary of his own making.
Please Jim Henry, for the love of God – make him stop.