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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. …

Photo via Pexels For decades, Sidelines, students and the faculty of Middle Tennessee State University have fought for equality and equity for African American students. In 1968, Sidelines published a guest column from Sylvester Brooks, a Black student from Memphis, Tennessee, titled ”Dixie: What Does It Mean?” In this column, Brooks discussed the usage of …

From the editors and staff of Sidelines  To: Gov. Bill Lee, Lt. Gov. Randy McNally and members of the Tennessee Historical Commission Forrest Hall was built in 1954, but it was not until four years later that the building at Middle Tennessee State University was named to honor Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, an early …

Story by Madeline Quinby / Studio M  History shows Murfreesboro and Rutherford County, Tennessee, are not strangers to hate crime. From when the Ku Klux Klan first came to Murfreesboro in 1868 to a planned White Lives Matter rally on the public square in 2017, themes of hate and prejudice plague the past. These biased …

Photo by Sarah Grace Taylor / MTSU Sidelines Archive Months after the Tennessee Historical Commission denied MTSU’s request to rename Forrest Hall, MTSU President Sidney McPhee announced that the university would not be fighting the decision. On Wednesday, McPhee released a statement via email regarding the state of Forrest Hall, a building on the MTSU …

Photo by Sarah Grace Taylor  / MTSU Sidelines Archive  After a rigorous hearing in the William R. Snodgrass Building in Nashville on Friday, the Tennessee Historical Commission voted to deny MTSU’s request to rename Forrest Hall. The petition, originally submitted 17 months ago, would have been the last step in a nearly three-year process to …