Majority-black county seeks to move Confederate monument

Jun 12, 2020

 

Credit Associated Press

TUSKEGEE, Ala. (AP) — Officials in a majority black county say they hope to permanently remove a now-covered Confederate memorial erected more than a century ago in the town square. 

Macon County Commission Chairman Louis Maxwell said at a news conference Friday that officials are researching ways to move the statue that sits in the town square of Tuskegee. Crews covered up the base of the statue after it was vandalized with anti-Ku Klux Klan graffiti last week.

A 2017 state law prohibits the removal of Confederate and other longstanding monuments. The mayor of Birmingham has said previously that the potential $25,000 state fine for removing a Confederate monument was worth the cost.