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MS license plate to recognize founder of Klu Klux Klan

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By Ashley Conroy - email

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - It's creating a quite stir, a Mississippi group is proposing to add a specialty tag recognizing one of the known founders of the Klu Klux Klan.

The Mississippi Sons of Confederate Veterans say it's all to raise money to repair money state owned historical flags.

Of more than 200 specialty license plates Mississippians can choose from, it's one that's not even available that is creating quite a stir.

"If we can't hold him up to where he's supposed to be than nobody else is going to do it," said SCV Members Greg Stewart.

Stewart says they are proposing a specialty plate to honor Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest.

Already a Face book group with more than 1400 members has circulated in opposition to this proposal.    

Joseph Baugh writes: "As a person born and raised in Mississippi, we can do much better. Throughout most of my life, I have seen much better."

Alaina Brook Richard says: " I just want to say this man is definitely not someone to brag about or for Mississippi to be proud of. And those who are defending him obviously were not black and owned as property and did not know, or could even imagine, how it felt to be treated by one of the earlier's leaders of the Klu-Klux-Klan. "   

Stewart says the idea to recognize General Forrest started as the Sons of Confederate Veterans mission to honor confederate generals.

Already in Mississippi citizens can buy this plate that recognizes the former Jefferson Davis, Beauvoir, in Biloxi.

"It occurred to us that we had more than just those images, more than just those icons and that we could probably boost sales and raise awareness of what we were doing," Stewart.

This is all part of a larger plan to the group to honor five confederate generals.

Department of Revenue Spokesperson Kathy Waterbury says before this happens the Legislature would first have to approve it.

"We have obviously we have their one of their plates out now, but again the department of revenue is not authorized to issue a series of plates," Waterbury said.

There is not currently a bill in the Legislature to get the series of the five plates here in the state.

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