Confederate Monuments

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After last year's deadly clash between white nationalists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, the federal government quietly spent millions of dollars to hire private security guards to stand watch over at least eight Confederate cemeteries, documents from the Department of Veterans Affairs show.

A small monument honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that sparked debate and was removed after the white supremacist rally in Charlottesille, Va., is now displayed on private property in southwestern Ohio.

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The Ohio man accused of killing a woman when he plowed a car into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, now faces federal hate crime charges.

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to take up a case challenging the use of a Confederate emblem on the Mississippi state flag.

Carlos Moore, an African-American lawyer from Mississippi who petitioned the court, had argued in court documents that the flag, visible in state buildings, courts and schools, symbolically expresses support for white supremacy. The flag incorporates the Confederate battle flag in its upper left corner.

Robert E. Lee Monument Will Return To Warren County

Sep 28, 2017

Officials in Franklin Township say a marker honoring Confederate General Robert E. Lee will be returned to its Warren County site during a re-dedication ceremony.

Statue of former Governor William Allen.
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Just last year, Ohio replaced one of the two statues representing the state in Congress’ Statuary Hall because of its subject’s views on slavery. The statue of Gov. William Allen, who served from 1874 to 1876, was replaced with one of Thomas Edison.

That Allen statue now sits in a city that’s also looking at how to weigh history against the push for change.

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Growing up in Middletown, I've known about the Robert E. Lee memorial in nearby Franklin for most of my life.

Last year, the Southern Poverty Law Center conducted a study on public symbols of the Confederacy. The center found more than 700 Confederate monuments on public land in the U.S. — with nearly 300 in Georgia, Virginia and North Carolina alone.

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Police say vandals damaged a Confederate soldier statue at Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery, which contains the graves of 2,200 soldiers who were prisoners of war.

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At least four Confederate commemorations have been taken down in Ohio, in response to last week's Charlottesville, Va., clash between white nationalist protesters and anti-racist counter-protestors that left three people dead.

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More than a dozen people on Saturday waved Confederate flags and called for the return of a Confederate monument to its historic location in the Warren County city of Franklin.

Ohio Park Lodge Removes Painting Of Confederate General

Aug 21, 2017
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A painting of a Confederate general has been removed from a state park lodge in eastern Ohio. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources oversees the parks and made the decision.

An Ohio Historical Marker honoring Worthington native and Confederate General Roswell Ripley has been removed from outside his childhood home.
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Worthington officials says an historic marker outside the former home of a Confederate general was removed in anticipation of protests.

The marker commemorated General Roswell Ripley, who was born and raised in Worthington.

A decades-old monument honoring Confederate Army General Robert E. Lee has been removed from a street corner in Franklin, Ohio, a city in Warren County.

Updated at 4:59 p.m. ET

President Trump stood by his heavily criticized defense of monuments commemorating the Confederacy in a series of tweets Thursday morning. Trump said removing the statues of Confederate generals meant removing "beauty" — that would "never able to be comparably replaced" — from American cities. As he did in a Tuesday press conference, he also attempted to equate some Confederate generals with some of the Founding Fathers.

Strung together, the tweets read: