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Board Backs McPhee in Renaming Forrest Hall


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On Tuesday, the Middle Tennessee State University Board of Trustees voted unanimously to “support efforts to gain permission from the state” to remove Nathan Forrest’s name from MTSU’s ROTC building, according to the Murfreesboro Voice.

As President Sidney McPhee has expressed in earlier statements concerning Forrest Hall, the name is a painful reminder of the past. It also does not advocate for the sort of environment and atmosphere that MTSU strives to maintain.

Forrest Hall has been protested against for decades, both by students and the school. The Tennessee Historical Commission denied MTSU’s first request to change the name; however, the fight continues.

Recently, the Forrest bust was removed from the State Capitol, which motivated and encouraged MTSU to attempt the renaming of Forrest Hall again.

“Saying now is the time to change the name of Forrest Hall isn’t quite right. It should have been done long ago.”

President Sidney McPhee, according to The Tennessean.

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