The Nathan Bedford Forrest Statue in Health Sciences Park was vandalized.
Someone spray painted 'Black Lives Matter' on the front of the statue. But by Monday around noon, the statue was already being cleaned by volunteers and city workers.
"I wanted to try and take the hate away. He and his wife are both buried here. If that was your grandmother that was being desecrated, you'd be upset too,” said Catherine Blalock, who said her great grandfather rode with Forrest.
The vandalism came 366 days after the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown at the hands of a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer.
The shooting sparked the national Black Lives Matter movement.
"Everybody's life matters but you ain't gotta deface something,” said Raymond Lee Jones
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