To the editor: What happened in Charlottesville, Va., this weekend was horrific, no doubt about it. The white supremacists' protest and the killing of a counter-demonstrator were senseless acts of hate. However, I do not agree with those who want to rewrite history by removing monuments like the one of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville. Yes, slavery was evil and very wrong, but it is part of our history and it cannot be denied. These monuments are reminders of what can never happen again.
The St. Louis monument, located on the park's Confederate Drive, which may also be renamed, was dedicated in December 1914 by the Ladies' Confederate Monument Association, according to the website of Forest Park Forever, which partners with the city to maintain the park. It depicts The Angel of the Spirit of the Confederacy hovering above a bronze sculpture of a family sending a soldier off to war.
Birmingham officials had discussed removing a 52-foot-tall (16-meter-tall) obelisk that was erected to honor Confederate veterans in a downtown park in 1905. After the monument protection law was approved, the city instead put wooden panels around it. City workers began installing the panels days after deadly violence over a Confederate monument in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Following the 2015 slayings of nine black church members in Charleston, South Carolina, by an avowed white supremacist, Baltimore named a special commission that spent a year reviewing four monuments on Baltimore city property. The panel ultimately urged the city to keep two Confederate monuments, with some changes. It advocated removing two others, including a monument honoring Gens.
Two statues removed from two parks after the city council votes to sell the land to a private entity. More than 25 cities across the United States have removed or relocated Confederate statues and monuments amid an intense nationwide debate about race and history. After a "Unite the Right" rally in Virginia in August to protest against the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee resulted in the death of a woman who was demonstrating against white supremacy, other cities have decided to remove Confederate statues. Many of the controversial mouments were dedicated in the early twentieth century or during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Discussions are under way about the removal of monuments in Houston, Atlanta, Nashville, Pensacola, Florida, Jacksonville, Florida, Richmond, Virginia, Birmingham, Alabama, and Charlottesville, Virginia.