Nathan Bedford Forrest was one of the founders of the KKK, a KKK Grand Wizard, and made millions as a slave trader and plantation owner. In 1864, at the Fort Pillow massacre, black Union troops were massacred in cold blood after the fort\'s surrender under the command of General Nathan B. Forrest. More than 300 black soldiers were killed; innocent black women and children were also victims of this massacre.
The Duval County School Board named the public high school Nathan B. Forrest in 1958 in response to the U.S. Supreme Court school de-segregation ruling, Brown vs. The Board of Education. Forrest has no direct ties to Jacksonville or the Duval County school system.
Nathan B. Forrest is a name that represents racism and hatred. I support telling the Forrest High School Advisory Council(SAC) and the Duval County School Board that the name Nathan B. Forrest should no longer exist as the name of this public high school.
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