It looks like the city of Richmond is in a sticky situation, and Mayor Stoney’s plans have been foiled…at least for the time being. I guess Stoney never got the memo stating that if you take down your monuments, you erase your history, and then history is bound to repeat itself.
JUST TWO LITTLE THINGS
The City of Richmond apparently never has owned one of the Confederate monuments it is trying to get rid of. That’s the statue of Gen. A.P. Hill that has stood since 1892 at what is now the intersection of Laburnum Avenue and Hermitage Road.
Seeking to match Monument Avenue with its statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, cigarette magnate Lewis Ginter arranged with the Hill family for Gen. Hill’s body to be moved from Hollywood Cemetery and reinterred at the current site, and then commissioned the statue as an oversized grave marker.
Apparently, the City never required Mr. Ginter to give the property or the statue to the city. The City Attorney’s Office conducted an extensive search of property records after receiving a query from city resident Michael Sarahan and, according to Mr. Sarahan, “found no record of a deed or other document conveying property rights to the City.” Mr. Sarahan said that James Nolan, press secretary to Mayor Levar M. Stoney, confirmed that the city has found nothing in the way of a record of a legal transfer.
Mr. Sarahan, a former assistant city attorney, said that finding indicates the statue is not an improper encroachment. For the city, the fact it has no evident ownership means it will need to do one of the following: undertake condemnation proceedings to acquire the property, force the sale for delinquent property taxes and buy it at auction, or find the heirs of the last known owner and have them agree to relinquish their rights.
The Stoney administration had indicated that there is a deal with the family, which has agreed to relocate the statue, pedestal and grave (issue #2). Whether the family will voluntarily proceed with removal now that the City does not own the property (issue #1) is unknown.
(Article courtesy of the Dixie Heritage Newsletter, July 23, 2021 ed.)
Last Monday night, the Charlottesville City Council unanamously voted to remove two Confederate statues from the city’s public parks. Now citizens have thirty days to come up with new plans for the statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. “According to city documents, Charlottesville is requesting proposals for any museum, historical society, government or military battlefield interested in acquiring the Statues, or either of them, for relocation and placement.”
PUSH TO REMOVE CONFEDERATE STATUES IN CHARLOTTESVILLE BEFORE FOURTH ANNIVERSARY OF DEADLY RALLY
By: Jessie Cohen
Jun 22, 2021
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia — Advocates in Charlottesville, Virginia are working to remove the city’s Confederate statues before the four-year anniversary of the deadly rally later this summer. This comes after the City Council unanimously voted to remove the statues.
Zyahna Bryant, a young activist and change maker, has been trying to make this happen for the last five years. She authored the original petition to take down the Robert E. Lee Statue in 2016.
“These statues are a part of a physical landscape that reinforces some of these underlying notions of slavery, bondage and what it means to be deserving of humanity,” Bryant said. “When I see those statues, it reminds me of an incomplete history.”
Kristin Szakos, a former City Council member says this time, the vote is even more important.
”We’ve been here before. When I was on council, we also voted to remove the statues. Having been here before, I’ll celebrate when the statues are down,” Szakos said. “In Charlottesville, at this moment, it’s particularly important because we have had violence around these statues. We’ve had hundreds of white supremacists and Nazis come into town to defend those statues.”
This year, both a Virginia Supreme Court ruling and a law passed in the legislature cleared the way for the city of Charlottesville to remove the Confederate statues.
“Folks in Charlottesville worked really hard with folks from all over the commonwealth to change that law,” Szakos said.
Bryant is one of those people.
“The August 11th and 12th rallies happened and I recognize that a lot of people were trying to protect this image of Charlottesville that did not exist,” Bryant said. “People are starting to see why they need to come down and it’s sad, in my opinion, that it took a rally where someone lost their life for people to come to that realization.”
Szakos says she first brought the statues up in council in 2012 and says even then, it was long overdue.
“It’s actually been 100 years because there were people when the Jackson statue first went up in 1921 who said it shouldn’t be there,” Szakos said.
The Southern Poverty Law Center started tracking how many symbols of the Confederacy were located in public spaces following the Charleston shooting in 2015. That’s when a white man killed nine Black people during a church bible study. After the Charlottesville rally, they started gathering input from the community.
“We have over 2,000 now, so we started at 1,500 but community member have uncovered even more,” said Lecia Brooks, the SPLC Chief of Staff.
Brooks says in 2020, 94 of the 168 symbols that were removed were confederate monuments; 71 were in Virginia, 24 in North Carolina, and 12 each in Texas and Alabama.
“So, as we make great strides in removing some of these symbols from public space, we’re finding that there are more and more,” Brooks said. But Lecia does recognize the change seen in states rooted in the confederacy.
“Virginia has done, I mean, a complete 360 post the unite the right rally,” Brooks said.
Bryant doesn’t want this momentum to stop at the statues.
“I don’t think that it should stop once the statues are down because again the statues are only the tip of the iceberg,” Bryant said. “We also have the opportunity to rewrite the textbooks. We have the opportunity to create new resources for people to learn from.”
From housing to healthcare to education and more, she says there is so much to tackle. “I feel very confident that this is the turn to a new Charlottesville and to a new central Virginia and to a new country overall, but I think that there will be no real progress and no real healing reconciliation until there is the redistribution of resources an until there is true equity,” Bryant said.
It goes beyond words how despicable this is. I really wish the destruction of our history would end, but unfortunately, I don’t see any end in sight.
Ghoulish Virginia Democrats Planning to Dig Up Confederate General’s Grave Without Relocation Plan
By Cassandra Fairbanks
In one of the most disturbing tales to come from Richmond, Virginia’s moves to erase history, they are now planning to dig up the grave of Confederate General Ambrose Powell Hill, according to a new report.
To make the matter even more ghoulish, the city has not actually come up with a plan yet on what to do with his remains that have been in the location since 1892.
General Hill had requested he be buried under the memorial in his will, ABC 8 reports.
“He had left in his will that he wanted to be buried in Richmond. I’m not sure why Richmond because he wasn’t from Richmond and didn’t have any particularly strong Richmond roots that I’m aware of,” Bob Balster, president of the Hermitage Road Historic District Association told 8News.
To ensure his wishes were carried out, Confederate veterans who served under Hill raised money for the monument and the land was donated by Lewis Ginter.
The National File reports that an effort “led by Mayor Levar Stoney and backed by Governor Ralph Northam, anti-history Democrats in Richmond, Virginia are finalizing plans to dig up the remains of Confederate General Ambrose Powell Hill, who lies beneath a towering statue dedicated in his honor and now marked for removal amidst efforts to erase all traces of the Confederacy from its former capital.”
Though the city removed nearly all of their Confederate statues during the terroristic Black Lives Matter riots last year, the general’s statue and grave had remained.
To circumvent laws against desecrating graves, the Democrats are reportedly designating the grave a threat to traffic safety, giving them the power to remove it.
According to the National File, under the removal plans, “workers will remove the bronze statue of the General before destroying its stone pedestal and removing the sarcophagus containing his remains. Details of what the city plans to do with Hill’s remains are unclear, and the project is estimated to carry a taxpayer-funded price tag of over $33,000.”
(Article courtesy of the Southern Comfort, Private Samuel A. Hughey Camp 1452 Sons of Confederate Veterans, Military Order of the Stars and Bars, President Jefferson Davis Chapter, Volume 45, Issue No. 6, June 2021 ed.)
I was under the illusion that Confederate monuments were essentially the only statues under attack in the country right now. However, this article gives more insight about which monuments are really being targeted.
At least 183 monuments, memorials, statues, and major historical markers have been defaced or pulled down since protests began in May. While Confederate monuments have received the lion’s share of media coverage, they actually form a minority of the statues targeted.
By far the most popular target was Christopher Columbus, with 33 statues in total having been defaced and pulled down.
The next most popular targets were Robert E. Lee (9), Serra (8), and Thomas Jefferson (4).
The vast majority of the vandals were never charged, with 177 out of 183 instances having no arrests.
Most monuments torn down were not by protesters, but by city officials after pressure or threats from protesters.
By far the most common route for monuments being destroyed was for protesters to damage it, then the city quickly removing it as a “public safety” hazard, not to be returned.
For a majority of the statues removed, the fate of the artwork is currently unknown, while a minority have been moved to cemeteries and museums. Here is the list as best as we can assemble it:
Monument to Marcus Daly, Butte, MT Cemetery Monument to Confederate Soldiers, Savannah, GA Memorial to Fallen Kansas City Police Officers, Kansas City, MO Monument to Christopher Columbus, Chicago, IL Statue of Jesus Christ, Miami, FL Statue of Robert E. Lee, Antietam, MD Union Veterans Monument, Saratoga, NY Alexander Andreyevich Baranov Statue, Sitka, AK Monument to Confederate Soldiers, Amarillo, TX Confederate Statue, Oxford, MS Numerous Religious Statues, Punta Gorda, FL Statue of Ronald Reagan, Dixon, CA Statue of Hiawatha, LaCrosse, WI Statue of Thomas Ruffin, Raleigh, NC Sampson County Confederate Monument, Clinton, NC Statue of the Virgin Mary, Boston, MA 9-11 Memorial, Washingtonville, NY Statue of Sophie B. Wright, New Orleans, LA Statue of Christopher Columbus, Buffalo, NY John McDonough Bust, New Orleans, LA Bust of Colonel Charles Didier Dreux, New Orleans, LA Joseph Bryan Statue, Richmond, VA Fitzhugh Lee Cross, Richmond, VA Historical Marker of David Dodd’s Execution, Little Rock, AR Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Statue, Richmond, VA Courthouse Confederate Statue, Wadesboro, NC Statue of Christopher Columbus, Trenton, NJ Columbus’ Last Appeal to Queen Isabella, Sacramento, CA Statue of JEB Stuart, Richmond VA Statue of Andrew Jackson, Jackson, MS Henry County Confederate Monument, Statue of Christopher Columbus, Bridgeport, CT Statue of Christopher Columbus, Columbus, WI Statue of John Mason, Windsor, CT Statue of Frederick Douglass, Rochester, NY Monument to Judah Benjamin, Sarasota, FL Confederate Mass Grave Monument, Greensboro, NC Three Mississippi Confederate Monuments, MS Statue of Christopher Columbus, Waterbury, CT Statue of Christopher Columbus, Baltimore, MA San Junipero Serra Statue, Sacramento, CA Statue of the Virgin Mary, Gary, IN Statue of Private Benjamin Welch Owens, Hampden, PA Jenkins Monument, Hampden, PA United Confederate Veterans Memorial, Seattle, WA Civil War Historical Markers and Statues, McConnellsburg, PA Mt. Zion Methodist Confederate Statue, Charlotte, NC Matthew Fountain Maury Monument, Richmond, VA Christopher Columbus Statue, Philadelphia, PA Statue of George Whitefield, Philadelphia, PA Elk (wildlife statue), Portland, OR Statue of Christopher Columbus, Austin, TX Statue of Christopher Columbus, Columbus, OH Robert E. Lee Memorial, Roanoke, VA Stonewall Jackson Monument, Richmond, VA Emancipation Memorial, Boston, MA San Junipero Serra Statue, San Gabriel, CA Confederate Cemetery Memorial, Fayetteville, NC Confederate Monument, Orangeburg, SC Rockdale County Confederate Monument, Conyers, GA Nash County Confederate Monument, Rocky Mount, NC 3 Cemetery Statues, Frederick, MD Lee Square Confederate Monument, Pensacola, Florida Our Confederate Soldiers, Beaumont, TX Statue of Columbus, Hartford, CT Kanawha Riflemen Memorial, Charleston, WV To Our Confederate Dead, Louisburg, NC Statue of Christopher Columbus, Atlantic City, NJ Monument to Fallen Confederate Soldiers, Fayetteville, AR Ten Commandments (several locations) Statue of Christopher Columbus Loudoun County Confederate Monument, Leesburg, VA Soldiers Monument (Union), Santa Fe, NM Pioneer Fountain, Denver, CO Denton Confederate Soldier Monument, TX Statue of Christopher Columbus, Norwalk, CT Monument to Confederate Veterans and Statue of George Wallace, Wilmington, NC Statue of Christopher Columbus, Providence, RI Statue of Christopher Columbus, Newark, NJ Civil War Monument (Union), Denver, CO Statue of Christopher Columbus, Philadelphia, PA Statue of Christopher Columbus, New Haven, CT Confederate War Memorial, Dallas, TX Statue of Thomas Jefferson, Long Island, NY Bust of Washington, Washington DC ‘Forward’ Statue (feminism monument), Madison, WI John C. Calhoun Monument, Charleston, SC American Receiving the Gift of Nations, Camden, NJ “Obscured” at the Rutgers College Statue of Juan Junipero Serra, Carmel, CA Statue of Juan Junipero Serra, San Louis Opiso Missionary, CA ‘To Our Confederate Dead’ Monument, Louisburg NC Confederate Memorial Obelisk, St. Augustine, FL Pitt County Confederate Soldiers Monument, Greenville, NC Statue of Henry Lawson Wyatt, Monument to North Carolina Women of the Confederacy, Raleigh NC Statue of Juan Junipero Serra, Los Angeles, CA Pine Bluff Confederate Monument, Pine Bluff, AR Gloria Victis, Salisbury, NC North Carolina State Confederate Monument, Raleigh, NC Statue of Albert Pike, Washington DC Statue of Francis Scott Key, San Francisco, CA Bust of Ulysses S. Grant, San Francisco, CA Statue of Juan Junipero Serra, San Francisco, CA Statue of Christopher Columbus, Houston, TX Statue of Christopher Columbus, Columbus OH Statue of George Preston Marshall (National Football League), Washington, DC Statue of Juan Junipero Serra, Ventura, CA Memorial to Company A, Capital Guards, Little Rock, AR Statue of George Washington, Portland, OR DeKalb County Confederate Monument, Decatur, GA Kit Carson Obelisk, Santa Fe, NM Captain William Clark Monument, Portland, OR Statue of Diego de Vargas, Santa Fe, NM Gravestone of Unknown Confederate Soldiers, Silver Spring, MD Spirit of the Confederacy, Houston, TX Jefferson Davis Memorial, Brownsville, TX Vance Monument, Asheville, NC Norfolk Confederate Monument, Norfolk, VA Statue of University of Nevada at Las Vegas mascot, Statue of Juan de Onate, Albuquerque, NM Statue of Christopher Columbus, Columbus, OH Statue of Christopher Columbus, St. Louis, MS Statue of Josephus Daniels, Raleigh, NC Statue of John Sutter, Sacramento, NC Confederate Mass Grave Marker, Clarksville, TN Equestrian Statue of Juan de Onate, Alcade, NM Bust of Christopher Columbus, Detroit, MI Statue of Thomas Jefferson, Portland, OR The Pioneer, Eugene, OR The Pioneer Mother, Eugene, OR Bust of John McDonough, New Orleans, LA Christopher Columbus Monument, West Orange, NJ Stand Waitie Monument, Tahlequah, OK Stand Waitie Fountain, Tahlequah, OK Delaware Law Enforcement Memorial, Dover, DE Equestrian Statue of Caesar Rodney, Wilmington, DE Statue of Christopher Columbus, Columbia, SC Statue of Christopher Columbus, Wilmington, Statue of Phillip Schuyler, Albany, NY Richmond Police Memorial, Richmond, VA Statue of Christopher Columbus, New London, CT Statue of Christopher Columbus, Camden, NJ Statue of Christopher Columbus, Boston, MA Gadsden Confederate Memorial Statue of Jerry Richardson (National Football League), Charlotte NC Statue of Christopher Columbus, Minneapolis, MN Statue of Jefferson Davis, Richmond, VA Confederate Monument, Jacksonville, FL Monument to the Women of the Southland, Jacksonville, FL Cemetery Grandstand for Confederate Soldiers, Eight Historical Markers, 23 Informational Signs, and 53 Tree Signs, Jacksonville, FL Statue of Christopher Columbus, Richmond, VA Confederate Monument, Portsmouth, VA Statue of Sam Davis, Nashville, TN Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Indianapolis, IN Statue of John Breckinridge Castleman, Louisville, KY Frank Rizzo Mural, Philadelphia, PA University of Kentucky Mural, Lexington, KY Statue of Orville Hubbard, Dearborn, MI Robert E. Lee Memorial, Roanake, VA Statue of Raphael Semmes, Mobile, AL Sacred Heart Statue, Wasco, CA Statues of Jesus Christ (numerous Catholic Ccurches), Texas Ranger, Dallas, TX Athens Confederate Monument, Athens, GA Statue of Thomas Jefferson, Birmingham, AL Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Birmingham, AL Robert E. Lee Bust, Fort Myers, FL Statue of Robert E .Lee, Montgomery, AL Bentonville Confederate Monument, Bentonville, AR Statue of Charles Linn, Birmingham, AL Statue of Edward Carmack, Nashville, TN
(Article courtesy of Dixie Heritage Newsletter, July 31, 2020 ed.)
If these two articles are any indication, most Americans are against removing monuments and historical artifacts. And yet, it still keeps happening against the majority’s wishes. Why is this happening? Nikki Haley recently remarked how the Confederate monuments and the Southern Cross were symbols of heritage and history until some nimrod, who will remain un-named as to not give him the notoriety he so desperately craves, came along and committed an unfathomable atrocity.
NORTH CAROLINA DESTROYS ANOTHER MONUMENT
A large crowd gathered Wednesday to watch as the 27-foot-high 112-year-old Confederate statue outside the historic Chatham County courthouse was taken down and dismantles by workers despite a State law protecting it.
The pieces were then taken away with the help of a crane. The cost to the taxpayers was at least $44,000.
A RECENT POLL SHOWS
A strong majority of North Carolina residents say Confederate statues and monuments should remain in place, according to a statewide survey released Wednesday morning.
The Elon University Poll found that 65% of respondents think Confederate monuments should remain on public, government-owned property, while only 35% think they should be removed.
A quarter of those surveyed said removing monuments helps race relations in the state, 36% said it hurts race relations and 40% said the removal doesn’t make a difference
(Articles courtesy of Dixie Heritage Newsletter, November. 22, 2019 ed.)
I’m really not sure what to make of this. Please share your views. Do you think this is okay, or is it an infringement on existing artwork? It is understandable how the artist is making a statement against a longstanding monument in Richmond, but is it really appropriate?
ONLY IN NEW YORK
Perpetually crowded Times Square has a new statue for pedestrians to navigate – but it’s unlike any other.
Artist Kehinde Wiley unveiled his biggest work ever … a massive bronze statue of a young African American man in urban streetwear sitting astride a galloping horse.
Called “Rumors of War,” it flips the script on traditional statutes commemorating white generals. Wiley described his bold work as a call to arms for inclusivity.
He told The Associated Press afterward that he hoped young people would see it and “see a sense of radical possibility – this, too, is America.”
The project was born when Wiley saw Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart’s monument in Richmond, Virginia.
The unveiling was bookended by performances from the marching band from Malcolm X Shabazz High School in Newark, New Jersey and an unveiling speech by Confederate monument opponent and Richmond, Virginia Mayor Levar Stoney.
(Article courtesy of Dixie Heritage Newsletter, Oct. 4, 2019 ed.)
I’m having difficulty grasping what is happening in this country, specifically in the South. I just read how some group was protesting the annual UCD convention and requesting that the venue deny their gathering. Unbelievable! Thankfully, the venue ignored their request. But what’s to happen next year? I shudder to think. Here is more bizarre news about the destruction of our history because it is supposedly, suddenly, inexplicably “offensive.”
TWO RALLYS – NO BLOODSHED
Supporters and opponents of Confederate monuments gathered in downtown Pittsboro, North Carolina on Saturday afternoon to hold opposing rallies.
The reality is the United Daughters of the Confederacy gifted the statue — which would make it public property and as a public monument the 2015 law which limits removal and alteration of monuments on public grounds would apply. That is why the city, over a hundred years later has “repudiated” the gift. If the courts allow this repudiation, which we suspect they will, it will set a dangerous precedent erasing the monument protection laws in most states.
ALSO IN NORTH CAROLINA
A student is climing to have found the remains of the Silent Sam monument. While the Charlotte Observer has reported the discovery they have not confirmed it. So far, The University of North Carolina will not comment on the matter.
(Articles courtesy of Dixie Heritage Newsletter, Sept. 20, 2019 ed.)
Beginning in the early twentieth century and continuing into the twenty-first, the Confederate Memorial Association in California established more than a dozen monuments and place-names to the Confederacy. They dedicated highways to Jefferson Davis, named schools for Robert E. Lee, and erected large memorials to the common Confederate soldier.
While one would not ordinarily associate California, far removed from the major military theaters of The War, with anything Confederate when The War erupted between North and South in 1861, a wave of secessionist scares swept across the West. Los Angeles County was the epicenter of California disunionism. Hundreds of Southern-sympathizing Angelenos fled east to join Confederate armies, while an even larger number remained to menace federal control over the region. They openly bullied and brawled with Union soldiers, joined secessionist secret societies, hurrahed Jefferson Davis and his generals, and voted into office the avowed enemies of the Lincoln administration. The threat became so dire that Union authorities constructed a large military garrison outside Los Angeles, and arrested a number of local secessionists, to prevent the region from joining the Confederacy.
The War was lost in 1865, but California’s leaders continued to nurture a nostalgia for the Old South. The editor of the leading Democratic newspaper in the state unapologetically lamented the South’s loss. California refused to ratify the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments, California was the only “free” state to reject both amendments during the Reconstruction era. In a belated, token gesture, the state “ratified” them in 1959 and 1962, respectively.
Attracted by California’s climate and its reactionary political orientation, thousands of Southerners migrated west in the decades after The War. There, they continued to honor the memory of their ancestors. Through hereditary organizations, reunions, and eventually the landscape itself, some hoped that the Old South would rise again in California.
Some of the most active memorial associations could be found in Los Angeles County. In 1925, the UDC erected the first major monument in the West, a six-foot stone tribute in what is now Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The monument saluted the wartime service of some 30 Confederate veterans, who migrated to Southern California after The War and took their final rest in the surrounding cemetery plot.
Many of those veterans had passed their last days in Dixie Manor, a Confederate rest home in San Gabriel, just outside L.A. Five hundred people gathered for the dedication of the home in April 1929. Until 1936, when the last of the residents died, the caretakers of Dixie Manor housed and fed these veterans, hosted reunions, and bestowed new medals for old service. It was the only such facility beyond the former Confederacy itself.
The UDC followed its Hollywood memorial with several smaller monuments to Jefferson Davis scattered across the state. Those tributes marked portions of the Jefferson Davis Highway, a transcontinental road system named for the former chieftain, stretching from Virginia to the Pacific coast. The Daughters erected the first of the tributes in San Diego in 1926. They even placed a large obelisk to Davis directly opposite the Ulysses S. Grant Hotel. Although opposition from Union army veterans resulted in the removal of the monument that same year, a plaque to Davis was restored to the San Diego plaza in 1956.
Several place-names literally put the Confederacy on the map in California. The town of Confederate Corners (née Springtown) was christened by a group of Southerners who settled in the area after The War. In San Diego and Long Beach, the name of Robert E. Lee graced two schools, while a school in East Los Angeles was named for filmmaker D.W. Griffith. Although not a Confederate veteran himself, Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation did more than any other production to rekindle the Confederate fire among a new generation of Americans.
Several giant sequoias were named for Robert E. Lee, including the fifth-largest tree in the world, located in Kings Canyon National Park. Jefferson Davis and Confederate general George E. Pickett each had a peak named in their honor in Alpine County.
Most of these memorialization efforts took place when The War was still a living memory. But California chapters of the UDC and Sons of Confederate Veterans remain active today. A recent register of the UDC listed 18 chapters in California-more than five times as many as could be found in any other “free state,” and even more than some former Southern states, including Missouri, Kentucky, and Arkansas.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans were erecting major memorials in California as recently as 2004. That’s when the newly-removed Orange County pillar went up, amid much fanfare from its patrons and supporters, proudly clad in Confederate attire for the occasion. Inscribed on the pedestal: “to honor the sacred memory of the pioneers who built Orange County after their valiant effort to defend the Cause of Southern Independence.”
Earlier this month, that monument, the last one standing in California, was taken down.
(Article courtesy of Dixie Heritage Newsletter, August 30, 2019 ed.)
It seems some are still hell bent on twisting historical accuracy, and making everything Southern, especially in regard to the Civil War, racist. This is beyond ridiculous. Now the inaccurate perception of the Confederacy has spread to California. It is unbelievably sad to me that people can’t respect our ancestors and honor their graves. We have no concept of what life was like when they were alive, so it’s wrong to classify their beliefs by today’s standards.
CONFEDERATE MONUMENT DEFACED LAST MONTH HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM SANTA ANA CEMETERY
Alicia Robinson, August 1, 2019
A monument to Confederate soldiers who settled in and helped establish Orange County after the Civil War no longer stands at the Santa Ana Cemetery.
Erected in 2004 by the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the 9-foot-tall granite structure – which had been vandalized with red paint and the word “racists” last month – was removed early Thursday, Aug. 1, Orange County Cemetery.
District General Manager Tim Deutsch said in a news release. The district operates three public cemeteries, including Santa Ana.
Hundreds of Civil War veterans are buried in Orange County, most of whom fought for the Union. A monument dedicated to “the unknown dead of the Civil War ”was previously installed at the Santa Ana Cemetery by the Daughters of Union Veterans.
The Confederate monument removed Thursday may be the last one in Orange County and among only a few that were left in California. A February survey by the Southern Poverty Law Center listed a monument in Bakersfield and a highway marker in Siskiyou County, both honoring Confederate States of America President Jefferson Davis, as the state’s two remaining memorials.
Public attention settled on the Santa Ana monument in 2017, after a confrontation between groups of white supremacists and protesters ended in a woman’s death in Charlottesville, Va. Cemetery district officials realized they couldn’t find records to prove who owned the burial plots where the monument stands or that it was approved by the district’s board, according to letters from Deutsch and an attorney for the district.
The district contacted the Orange County chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans to discuss altering the monument per an agreement the two parties had apparently reached. But Deutsch said last month the Confederate group had not followed through
and had stopped responding to his inquiries, so the district’s board ordered the monument removed.
Robert Williams, who leads the Orange County chapter and statewide division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, disputes the district’s account of the monument saga.
Reached Thursday, Williams said district officials are motivated by “the most absurd kind of political correctness” and that there are plenty of records and people who were involved in putting up the monument. Cemetery district leaders at the time chose the monument’s location, he said.
“Nobody put it there in the middle of the night – there was a huge public ceremony,” Williams said.
The purpose of the monument was not political or for “extolling war, Confederate victories or Confederate generals,” he added. He said the monument recognizes founding fathers prominent in establishing Orange County who had come to the area after fighting for the South.
The monument names 10 men and also commemorates “C.S.A,” the Confederate States of America. Two panels are etched with the names of Davis and Gen. Robert E. Lee.
In the news release, Deutsch said the district wanted the monument out quickly because there’s a shortage of burial plots, and it became “an unsightly public nuisance” after the vandalism. It’s costing an estimated $15,000 to remove and store the granite pillar (a 100-foot crane was required because it weights several tons), so Williams’ group would have to reimburse the district to get the monument back, the release said.
Williams said he believes the district’s actions, seizing and removing private property, were illegal.
“We went out of our way to placate what sensitivities some may have about the Civil War,” he said. “The county’s going to have to answer, because they don’t own that.”
How disgusting. Santa Ana spits on it’s own History. Last Friday was the 130th Anniversary of the founding of Orange County, and the Santa Ana Cemetery removed the Founders Monument in the middle of the night. Why you ask? Because the men were ex-Confederate Soldiers who traded swords for plows, and came out west looking for a better life than Reconstruction Era in Dixie offered. These men were all duly elected officials for the County of Los Angeles who formed OC by seceding the southern sections they represented from LA. These men worked with their Union Veteran counterparts to create what is now Orange County.
If you’d like to contact the Orange County Cemetery District and express your displeasure, they can be reached at 949-951-9102. Be respectful and no foul language!!!
Honor your Ancestors’ good memory.
#SCV #DixieWest #SantaAnaCemetery #OrangeCounty
(Article courtesy of The Southern Comfort, Private Samuel A. Hughey Camp 1452, Sons of Confederate Veterans Newsletter, Volume 43, Issue No. 8, August 2019 ed.)
The assault on Confederate monuments, as well as anything related to the Confederacy, continues to rampage and rape the South. Ridiculous as it is, some folks still consider these century-old relics to now be racist. FYI, inanimate objects cannot be racist, but some folks consider them to represent racism, although this wasn’t an issue when the monuments were erected or while they existed for over 100 years. After too many years of destruction, finally, common sense is seeping back into our country’s consciousness.
TEXAS APPEALS COURT INTERVENES FOR MONUMENTS
In June, the city got clearance from a Dallas County district judge who denied a request for a temporary injunction. The monument was covered in black plastic.
Monday, the city of Dallas was ordered by the State appellat court not to remove the monument to the Confederacy downtown. The court also ordered the city not to sell the Robert E. Lee statue unless the sale had been completed. That statue was sold at auction for more than $1.4 million and is already in the hands of its new owner.
The lawsuit was filed by a Dallas man who insists removing the monuments is unconstitutional.
(Article courtesy of Dixie Heritage Newsletter, July 5, 2019 ed.)