Hearing set on offer to reject Confederate Memorial suit


TUSKEGEE, Alabama (AP) – A hearing is scheduled for early next year on an offer by a Confederate heritage group to dismiss a lawsuit over the land where a rebel monument stands in the middle of predominantly black Tuskegee , Alabama.

Court records show that Macon County Circuit Judge Steven Perryman has scheduled a February 3 session on the dispute.

The Tuskegee chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy opposes a lawsuit filed earlier this year that could lead to the removal of a Confederate monument that has stood in the heart of Tuskegee for 115 years.

A lawsuit filed by the county and the residents of Tuskegee argues that the county wrongly donated land to the Confederate group for the statue in 1906. A ruling in favor of the county could result in the removal of the monument, which caused the statue to be removed. subject to legal proceedings. out of opposition for decades.

But the United Daughters of the Confederacy said they legally owned the place, and a lawyer for the group said the members wanted the monument to remain. A judge’s order said he would consider the group’s request to dismiss the trial at the February hearing.

The monument was erected in Tuskegee at a time when groups from across the South were erecting Civil War memorials to honor rebel troops and portray the cause of the Slave Confederacy as a noble. Hundreds of rebel monuments have been demolished in recent years as they have become symbols of racial oppression against blacks.

Former Mayor Johnny Ford, now a member of Tuskegee City Council, used a saw to damage the statue in July in the hopes that it would tip over, but it did not and the county subsequently filed a complaint. The United Daughters of the Confederacy have since spent several thousand dollars on reparations, his lawyer said.


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