NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Starting Friday, the controversial Nathan Bedford Forrest bust can be moved from the Tennessee state capitol building at any point. 

The vote to relocate the bust from the capitol to the Tennessee State Museum came down in March, but established that the statue could not be moved until after 120 days. 

The Tennessee Heritage Protection Act said the final decision to move the bust needs to be posted on the state's website, which happened on March 10 — 121 days ago. 

The governor's office said that the Historical Commission’s order does not become final for 120 days and earliest anything could happen was on Friday.

As of late Friday afternoon, the bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest remained in the Capitol building. The governor's office said they are "working to determine next steps and will provide updates." To learn more, click here

Sen. Brenda Gilmore (D-Nashville) has been one of the lawmakers leading the removal of the bust from the Capitol building.

However, Gilmore is not alone in his calls for the removal of the bust. 

The Communications Director of Lt. Gov. Randy McNally and the spokesperson for House Speaker Cameron Sexton released statements on the matter. 

Follow News4 for updates. 

 
 

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