Forrest Monument
5:15 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Selma Marchers Oppose Honoring Civil War General

More than 60 people have marched from the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge to Selma City Hall to protest a monument to a Civil War general being rebuilt in a Selma cemetery.

The biracial group carried signs Tuesday and chanted, "No justice, no peace."

Their leader, activist Rose Toure, said Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest was an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan. The marchers went to City Hall to ask the City Council to deny permission to rebuild the monument. A similar monument disappeared from the cemetery earlier this year.

Several supporters of the Forrest monument stood by during the protest, but declined comment.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.