Target: George Patrick Evans, Mayor of Selma, Alabama
Goal: Prevent renovation of monument dedicated to notorious Ku Klux Klan leader
A group known as the Friends of Forrest are set on repairing a sculpture of a man linked with the Ku Klux Klan. The monument, located in Selma, Alabama, was originally built 11 years ago. Selma is a city known for being directly involved in the Civil Rights Movement, being the location of “Bloody Sunday”, where 600 activists protesting for African-American voting rights were attacked by police squads. The historical importance of this town and it’s fight for equality and justice is evident. It is wrong to rebuild and construct an even larger monument commemorating a man who killed those who were fighting for this equality and justice.
Forrest was the first Grand Wizard, or supreme leader, of the entire white supremacist group. He and the men under his command were responsible for the violent, cruel deaths of thousands of African-Americans and anti-racist protesters. The Klan burned down churches, schools and committed other terrible massacres targeting innocent men, women and children. Those living in Selma are questioning why any public official would believe dedicating a plot of land and monument to such a racist man is acceptable.
Malika Sanders-Fortier, a resident and community leader of the town, was outraged when she first heard about the plans being made for the statue. Representing the city of Selma and it’s past accomplishments in the Civil Rights Movement, Malika started a petition against the construction of Forrest’s memorial. She has been collecting thousands of signatures in hopes of convincing Selma city council this monument has no place within the town.
Sign this petition and demand the same from Selma city council, urging them to not allow the renovation of a statue representing a man who believed in immoral killings and hateful terrorism against African-Americans.
Dear Mayor George Patrick Evans,
The bust of a monument dedicated to the Ku Klux Klan’s first supreme leader, Nathan Bedford Forrest, was recently stolen. The incident triggered the owners of the memorial, a group called Friends of Forrest, to not only start reconstruction of the sculpture, but also add additional components such as a new concrete foundation, an iron gate enclosing the monument, and night lighting. The issue at hand is that the man being commemorated was not only a slave owner and trader, but also was responsible for the deaths of too many innocent African-American men, women and children.
The city of Selma has a valuable history in regards to the Civil Rights Movement, holding the famous protest known as “Bloody Sunday,” as well as being the starting city for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s civil rights march to Montgomery, Alabama. The people of this town were victims of the Ku Klux Klan’s hate crimes and many that were affected by Forrest’s reign.
It is extremely unfair to reconstruct and bring even more attention to a monument that should not even be standing in the first place. This memorial honors a man who’s work destroyed families and violently killed men and women who fought for their country and natural born rights. Please act upon this issue immediately and respect and protect the people of Selma who should not have to view an even larger statue commemorating Nathan Bedford Forrest, a white supremacist and hateful man.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Mick Rogers via blog Whizzer’s Place