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A Brand New Confederate Soldier Monument Just Went Up In Alabama

A Brand New Confederate Soldier Monument Just Went Up In Alabama
Updated 9 months ago

Following the deadly protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, and heated public debate over Confederate monuments and what they represent, cities around the country have begun taking down memorials to Confederate generals and soldiers. Brantley, Alabama, a tiny town about sixty miles south of Montgomery, has taken a step in the opposite direction. 

Brantley, Alabama, officials unveiled a monument commemorating the “unknown” Alabama soldiers of the Confederacy:

The monument is on private land at the Confederate Veterans Memorial Park. People showed up for Sunday's ceremony in Civil War regalia, some waving Confederate flags. About ten members of the Three Percenters, a right-wing militia, wore fatigues and body armor "in case anything were to happen."

During the unveiling, three guys dressed as Rebel soldiers fired blanks into the air:

The new Confederate monument in Crenshaw County has officially been unveiled

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Vann Royal, a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans in Tallassee, Alabama, told AL.com:

The thing is nowadays everyone wants to take the monuments down so we’re just glad that they’re down here doing this [ceremony]. It’s to let people know that what our ancestors did was not in vain. 

Confederate soldiers' motives for participating in the Civil War may have been different, but what the Confederacy fought for — a fracturing of the union and continued slavery — was, in fact, an effort in vain.

The state NAACP said in a letter to the Greenville Advocate:

Confederate symbols and monuments are offensive to far too many citizens, especially blacks/people of African descent. The historical meaning, intent and outright disrespect noted in these Confederate symbols and monuments re-ignite the negative history and memories associated with them.

Many people criticized the timing of the unveiling. David Coggins, owner and developer of the Confederate Veterans Memorial Park, told the Associated Press that the memorial was ordered a year ago.

Turns out the ceremony was scheduled months in advance so NBD.