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Sewell: Time to end Confederate holiday in Alabama

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama congresswoman says it's time to end a state holiday celebrating the president of the Confederacy. 

Rep. Terri Sewell's comments came Monday on the state holiday honoring Jefferson Davis. And they come amid protests in Alabama and elsewhere over the death of an African American man at the hands of police in Minneapolis.

Alabama state offices were closed Monday for the holiday. Sewell wrote on social media that it is time for the holiday to end hours after demonstrators damaged a Confederate monument in Birmingham and toppled a statue honoring a Confederate naval officer.

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