Forrest seems to have some qualities that distinguish him from a regular Southerner. For instance, he openly declared his warm feelings towards blacks. The world had a last peek of Forrest non-racist qualities following his death in 1887. At the activities that followed, such as the wake, march, and burial which took place in Memphis, Tennessee, around 20,000 people came to honor their much-loved Southern hero. Among the thousands gathered was President Jefferson Davis as well as blacks who make up a reasonable percentage of the total mourners.
The Memphis appeal has cited that a massive crowd of blacks assembled at Forrest’s funeral to show their love for the General as well as their sadness for his demise. More than 500 blacks walked sadly past Forrest’s coffin on the morning of his burial not to mention the hundreds that offered to walk in his funeral procession. Only songs of praise could be heard from this huge crowd, and none of them said a disdainful word about the” true friend of Negroes.”