As Others Tear Down Confederate Monuments, Alabama Unveils One

Lester Mason
August 28, 2017

According to AL.com, approximately 200 people attended the unveiling Sunday in a ceremony dedicating the "Unknown Alabama Confederate Soldiers" monument, which was created to honor Alabama's fallen and forgotten soldiers of the Civil War era.

The white nationalist rally in Charlottesville was ostensibly planned to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a park in Charlottesville.

"The historical meaning, intent and outright disrespect noted in these Confederate symbols and monuments re-ignite the negative history and memories associated with them", said Benard Simelton, the Alabama conference president for the NAACP.

Confederate flags were flown and the ceremony was attended by the Daughters of the Confederacy and the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Several hundred people attended a dedication ceremony for the "Unknown Alabama Confederate Soldiers" at Confederate Veterans Memorial Park in Crenshaw County, Alabama, 55 miles (88 kilometers) south of Montgomery.

People dressed in Civil War uniforms attended a ceremony that included cannon fire, and 10 members of the alt-right militia group the Three Percenters showed up armed and in protective gear just "in case anything were to happen", AL.com reported.

During Coggins' introductory remarks at the memorial, he said, "That's why we're here is to honor our Confederate dead, to honor our ancestors".

The "Unknown Alabama Confederate Soldiers" monument was put on private land at the Confederate Veterans Memorial Park, a park in Brantley, Ala. that honors fallen Confederate soldiers, reports NBC News.


"It's always a good day when Confederates come together", Weir said.

Coggins dismisses critics of the monument.

"As a matter of fact, we have members in our organization who are black", he said.

"We were concerned because it might be some people here that may wanted to cause some trouble".

"There's nothing racist about us", he told WSFA. We have Native American members. We have hispanic members. We're color-blind as far as that goes.

Local resident Vann Royal told the website that the memorial is appropriate in light of the dismantling and displacing of Confederate monuments around the country.

Coggins is planning on expanding the park and adding more monuments.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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