SPLC Statement on the Removal of the Confederate Sailors & Soldiers Monument from Linn Park

On Monday night, the Confederate Sailors & Soldiers Monument was removed from Linn Park in Birmingham, Ala. The following statement is from Lecia Brooks, spokesperson for the Southern Poverty Law Center.

“On the same day Alabama observed a state holiday honoring Confederate President Jefferson Davis, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin followed through on the city’s long overdue wish to remove a Confederate monument from a public park.

“Monuments to the Confederacy glorify those who fought to keep Black people in chains. These symbols are a constant reminder of our country’s ongoing dehumanization of Black people and systemic anti-Black racism – the results of which are playing out through protests across the U.S.

“Sadly, the state of Alabama, which passed a law preventing the removal of such monuments, refused to recognize what Birmingham has long understood: the racist symbol in Linn Park no longer represented the city’s values, morals and character and should be removed.”

The SPLC does not support erasing history, nor the defacing and/or destruction of any historic artifact. Learn about Confederate symbols on public land in the SPLC’s “Whose Heritage?” report.

One thought on “SPLC Statement on the Removal of the Confederate Sailors & Soldiers Monument from Linn Park

  1. I have no problem with the proper removal of any monument but, in this case the state has a law preventing the removal of monuments. So the Birmingham mayor has broken the law. In doing so the mayor should be arrested and charged with breaking this law. That is how the law works, right? The mayor has just opened a can of worms that he just might regret later. I have lived in Alabama long enough to know that Alabama takes their history very serious. If you want to remove historical monuments, then you should remove ALL monuments of any kind! That wouldn’t sit too well with the removal of our war memorials or the removal of the USS Alabama, since it is a memorial to our soldiers, past and present. And how will the black communities react to the removal of the memorials to Martin Luther King Jr.? King is a big part of Alabama history as is confederate history. Alabama played a big part in the civil war and was, in many ways, in the center of the war, from the southern view. Jefferson Davis was a president and served in the white house here in Alabama. Are we to just ignore our past history? I have heard that history not studied is history doomed to repeat itself! Is this what the people really want? If I had the money, I think I would buy an island somewhere and invite all my family and friends, both black and white, to come and live on my island in peace.

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