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Alabama city takes step to move Confederate monument

downtown Florence

 

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama city has taken a step to remove a Confederate monument following weeks of pressure. 

The Florence City Council voted Tuesday to ask the state for permission to move the memorial from outside the Lauderdale County Courthouse. A state waiver is required because of a law that imposes a $25,000 fine for disturbing such memorials.

The city also asked county commissioners to relocate the monument as soon as possible.

Demonstrators have been protesting the monument for weeks during a national reckoning over race that followed the police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota.

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