Not even a black Confederate activist could stop Nathan Bedford Forrest High School in Florida from changing its name to something less KKK-ish.
Forrest High School in Jacksonville, Florida, has a student body that is mostly black. The school is named for Nathan Bedford Forrest, the founder of the Ku Klux Klan. On December 16, 2013, the school board finally decided to change the name. Read more...
Although the Florida school district in Jacksonville, Florida has voted to change the name of Nathan Bedford High School there is still no word on what the new name will be. What follows is Susan Wittenberg Case’s recollection of what took place at the 1959 meeting that led to the school’s naming after Forrest. It’s important […]
Earlier this week a settlement was reached in Selma, Alabama surrounding a monument to Nathan Bedford Forrest. You can read the story here. Whether the photographer intended or not, the accompanying image serves as a reminder that regardless of the battles that Forrest may have won during the Civil War, ultimately, he lost. And that […]
A long-standing dispute in Jacksonville, Florida has ended with the local school board’s unanimous decision to change the name of Nathan Bedford Forrest High School. As in other decisions about how to collectively remember the past, these decisions ought to be left to local communities. The usual voices will cry foul and describe it as […]
A Florida school board has agreed to begin considering whether to change the name of a primarily black high school named for the first “grand wizard” of the Ku Klux Klan and Confederate Army General, Nathan Bedford Forrest. A petition started on Change.org by Omotayo...
Egads! Um... what? A petition on change.org with some 75,000 signatures is asking a Florida school district to change the name of a high school that is named after Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate general and the first “grand wizard”...Show More Summary
A Jacksonville, Fla., parent has started a petition on change.org asking a school district to change the name of a high school that is named for Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate general and the first "grand wizard" of the Ku Klux Klan, the Washington Post reports. Show More Summary
In the you-can’t-make-up-this-stuff category: A petition on change.org with some 75,000 signatures is asking a Florida school district to change the name of a high school that is named after Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate general and the first “grand … Continue reading ?
In Jacksonville, Fla., the debate continues about whether to change the name of a local high school named for a KKK member. Nathan Bedford Forrest High School takes its name from a former lieutenant general in the Confederate army who served as the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. Show More Summary
You can’t make this stuff up. I’ve written about Sea Raven Press in the past, specifically in reference to their book on Nathan Bedford Forrest for teens. This particular title, Everthing You Were Taught About the Civil War is Wrong, Ask a Southerner, seems to be the most popular given the number of times I’ve [...]
In March 2013, about 60 members of the KKK wearing hoods and carrying banners with swastikas descended on downtown Memphis to protest the renaming of Nathan Bedford Forrest Park.A month earlier, the Memphis City Council voted to change...Show More Summary
Nathan Bedford Forrest is considered by some to be one of the most infamous and powerful racists in American history. The first official leader of the Ku Klux Klan, some historians allege that Lieutenant General Forrest’s most heinous...Show More Summary
Rebel President Jefferson Davis Tim Murphy at Mother Jones has written a terrific feature informing us of a sickening story: When a statue of civil rights icon Rosa Parks was unveiled in the Capitol's Statuary Hall in late February, it joined an exclusive club. Show More Summary
Worried about who your teenager currently looks up to and admires? Well, now you can return them to the good old days of the Civil War and Southern chivalry with Lochlainn Seabrook’s book about Nathan Bedford Forrest that is geared specifically for teens. Ride along with Forrest and get a firsthand look at his childhood [...]
Over at the Atlantic I share some thoughts about the recent controversy in Memphis surrounding the renaming of Forrest Park. I hope the essay at least provides a bit of historical context to this issue. Once again, thanks to Court Carney for making my job much easier. Tennessee’s state legislature finally passed a measure making [...]
A number of you have emailed me requesting additional information on the historical context of the unveiling of the Nathan Bedford Forrest memorial in Memphis in 1905. I mentioned the other day that the best source I’ve found is Court Carney’s Journal of Southern History essay, “The Contested Image of Nathan Bedford Forrest” (August 2001). [...]
The Memphis City Council has voted to rename three parks that honor the Confederacy. Confederate Park becomes Memphis Park, Jefferson Davis Park changes to Mississippi River Park and Nathan Bedford Forrest Park is now Health Sciences Park. Show More Summary