Taylor Swifts calls for removal of Tennessee statues that 'celebrate racist historical figures'
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Taylor SwiftTaylor Alison SwiftThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Social media flooded with 'ring of fire' eclipse photos Taylor Swift presses support for Equality Act in Pride message The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden wants Congress to pass abortion bill, pushes for Mideast cease-fire MORE took to Twitter Friday to call for the removal of Tennessee statues that "celebrate racist historical figures."

She called for the removal of Edward Carmack's statue, a newspaperman and lawmaker who lived through much of the late 19th century and is famous for editorial feuds between another prominent Tennessee journalist Ida B. Wells, who is known for championing early civil rights movement ideas.

"As a Tennessean, it makes me sick that there are monuments standing in our state that celebrate racist historical figures who did evil things," Swift posted on Twitter.


Swift also called for the removal of Nathan Bedford Forrest's statue, calling both Carmack and Forrest "DESPICABLE figures in our state history and should be treated as such."

Forrest was an infamous Confederate Army general during the Civil War and is known for his role in the massacre of over 300 black soldiers at Fort Pillow in 1864. He was also the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

The 30-year-old American singer took qualms with the state after it announced that the statue of Carmack would be replaced after protestors tore it down.


"Edward Carmack's statue was sitting in the state Capitol until it was torn down last week in the protests. The state of Tennessee has vowed to replace it," she said in a separate post.

Under Tennessee state law, the statue of Carmack must be repaired and restored to be returned to the Capitol, according to David Roberson, director of the Office of Communications of the State Department of General Services, local affiliate FOX17 reported.

As for the statue of Forrest, it resides on private land in Nashville and could be removed only at the discretion of the owner. However, there have been multiple attempts to defame the statue, including covering it in bright pink paint, The Daily Beast reported.