A slave trader, Confederate general, and leader of the Ku Klux Klan, Nathan Bedford Forrest was the holder of a rare racist trifecta. For this reason, he was never really taken to heart by many residents of Memphis, a city with a Black majority, where Forrest was buried in 1877. Now after years of protests, his body has been exhumed and moved 200 miles away to the National Confederate Museum, in Columbia, Tennessee.
In 2018, the nearby James Polk museum campaigned unsuccessfully to get its namesake president’s remains exhumed for what would have been the fourth time, and relocated to the museum. President Zachary Taylor found his century-long sleep disturbed in 1991 to quash rumors that he had been poisoned by Southern politicians. Abraham Lincoln’s body was exhumed some 17 times, to foil grave robbers.