Brentwood, Tennessee: Nathan Bedford Forrest Statue

Nathan Bedford Forrest was a Confederate general, slave trader, and a big honcho with the early KKK. The statue, erected in 1998, has been defaced repeatedly. Its owner went blind and died in Nov. 2020, but set up a trust to maintain the statue for years to come.

Hogan Rd, Brentwood, TN
On the northbound side of Interstate 65, midway between exits 74 and 78 (milepost 76.4). Look for the flagpoles on the right.
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The statue was recently vandalized and had buckets of pink paint thrown on it. According to the Tennessean news article, the owner said he plans on leaving the paint to draw more attention to the statue and was quoted saying: "I do think they've chose a real good color."

[Cate Gooch, 08/08/2018]

Forrest in pink.

Nathaniel Bedford Forrest

I visited a couple months after the statue was painted pink. The paint actually adds more character to the statue! It has received a lot of attention lately, as it is a reminder of the Civil War. The city asked for the state to plant tall bushes between the interstate and the statue to block it, but the state refused. Easy pull over, around milepost 76, but be careful. Traffic is always busy in this area of I-65.

[Tim O'Brien, 02/18/2018]

Nathan Bedford Forrest statue.

Nathaniel Bedford Forrest Statue

Pretty much the world's ugliest statue.

[Kenton, 02/18/2012]

There are other contenders, but it's hard to beat that injection-mold-souvenir depiction of the Confederate general (and leader of the Ku Klux Klan).

Hideous Nathan Forrest statue.

Nathaniel Bedford Forrest statue

Very ugly, large fiberglass statue of General Nathaniel Bedford Forrest on his horse, former Confederate general AND [first national leader] of the Ku Klux Klan. Statue is surrounded by a large display of various Confederate flags. The entire thing stands on a strip of privately held land right next to Interstate 65 in Nashville, TN. This is new (within the last 5 years) and ugly. Has been shot at several times and repaired, a real politically incorrect eyesore for the city. Owner is a wealthy elderly attorney in Nashville who proudly defends the statue and his right to have it there. It really looks like a cartoon statue.

[Sue, 02/10/2001]

Yes, it's as if the colorful Civil War general tumbled out of some horrific, injection mold nightmare. Here's a 2004 photo by Justin Bird.

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