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Here Are The State Holidays Celebrating The Confederacy

On July 13, Tennessee celebrates the birthday of a Confederate general, but it's not the only holiday celebrating the Confederacy or its leaders.

By Eugene Daniels | July 13, 2015

Monday, the state of Tennessee celebrated the birthday of Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate general and the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. 

Forrest is perhaps best known for his role in the "Fort Pillow Massacre," where it's reported he killed dozens of unarmed troops, ignoring their surrender. 

The celebration of Forrest has divided the state, with some wanting Forrest's bust removed from the Capitol and a statue along with his remains moved from a Memphis park.

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"It was politically correct in 1905 to erect the statue and move the graves. It is no longer politically correct," Memphis City Councilman Myron Lowery told WHBQ

"Well respected in the city. That's part of our history. History should not be erased," says Lee Millar, a spokesman for the Sons of Confederate Veterans. (Video via WHBQ

The celebration is required by a state statute. But even Tennessee's governor has reservations, telling press, "Forrest would not be my choice of one of the Tennesseans that we honor." 

But Nathan Bedford Forrest Day isn't the only celebration of the Confederacy or its leaders.

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, nine former Confederate states celebrate some type of Confederate Memorial Day. State offices are usually closed on the observed day

Alabama, Florida and Mississippi all celebrate the birthday of the only president of the Confederate states, Jefferson Davis — though one Alabama legislator does intend to submit a bill eliminating all state-recognized Confederate holidays. (Video via WAKA)

Lee-Jackson Day is a holiday in Virginia that celebrates Confederate leaders Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson and Robert E. Lee. But the Cavalier Daily reports many cities, including Fairfax and Norfolk, have stopped observing the day. 

And lucky Lee actually gets two holidays: His birthday is also celebrated in five states. Coincidentally, Lee shares a birthday with civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

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