New Confederate monument goes up in Alabama


A new Confederate monument was unveiled Sunday in Alabama amid national pressure to take down memorials to the Confederacy.

A monument honoring “unknown Confederate soldiers” from the Civil War was unveiled in Crenshaw County, just south of Montgomery, according to local news outlet

It stands alongside other Confederate memorials, flags and replica cannons on private land converted to a memorial park.

{mosads}About 200 people attended the unveiling, with people wearing Confederate gear ranging from T-shirts with the flag to full Confederate war uniforms.

The new monument was announced shortly after the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., earlier this month, but organizers for the new monument insist that that the event was planned months in advance.

“We have been really scrutinized for the past two weeks,” said Jimmy Hill, commander of the Alabama division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

“This has been in the works for nine months, but because we put it on the website two days after [the Charlottesville clashes], the media put that together,” Hill said.

David Coggins, a Sons of Confederate Veterans member who planned the Confederate memorial park, said that the park is meant to honor the Confederate ancestors of people in the community. 

“That’s why I’m in it, that’s what it’s all about,” he told the news outlet. “We should all be proud of our Confederate ancestors.” 

Dozens of Confederate monuments across the country have been removed since the Charlottesville rally, with many more facing public pressure or proposals to be taken down.

House Democrats unveiled legislation last week that would prohibit the use of taxpayer funds to display Confederate symbols on federal property.


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