Monument to the Leader of the Ku Klux Klan to Be Removed from the Capitol in the United States
The monument will be transferred to the museum and provided with explanatory information. It is reported that this is the first time that state authorities have decided to remove any monument protected by the Tennessee Cultural Heritage Act.
The local branch of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) previously supported the relocation of the monument.
The discussion on the relocation of the monument was initiated by the Governor of the State, Republican Bill Lee in July 2020. Then, against the backdrop of protests for racial justice, after the death of black George Floyd during his arrest, in many places in the United States, monuments deemed racist were demolished or moved.
Among others, a monument to the main ruler of the Russian colonies in North America, Alexander Baranov, was moved to the museum. The Alaskan authorities believed that Baranov was guilty of oppressing the rights of indigenous peoples, and his statue hurt the feelings of their descendants.