US Army bases are considering renaming those locations named after Confederate Generals. Robert E. Lee is the subject of much debate among apologist historians. Alabama Sues Birmingham for Covering Confederate Statue August 17, 2017 August 17, 2017 DANIEL JACKSON. There seems to be general agreement that the slaves were whipped, some disagree as to whether Lee would have stood and watched. A few years ago, the city built 12-foot-tall plywood screens around the base of … The officers gave the order to move a few minutes after protesters started a fire near a building in Linn Park. Madison County has petitioned the State of Alabama to remove a statue in Huntsville. Protesters are removing racist monuments and statues that frankly should have been taken down long ago. Protesters climbed up and tied a rope on the statue and started pulling while people in crowd yelled, “Take this s*** down!”. The monument was dismantled and removed in 2020. Share. Though some municipalities, Birmingham among them, have decided now is the time to remove painful public tributes to America’s slaveholding past, the handful of monuments taken down by cities represent a small portion of the 1,747 statues identified in an updated version of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s report on Confederate memory in the United … BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Windows were smashed, an American flag was burned, and the Wells Fargo building was spray painted in downtown Birmingham Sunday night as what started Sunday afternoon as a peaceful protest turned into unrest. The largest Army base in the world is Fort Bragg in North Carolina. There are Robert E. Lee high schools in Jacksonville, FL, Tyler, TX, Montgomery, AL, Springfield, VA, Baytown, TX, San Antonio, TX, and junior highs in Orlando, FL, and Monroe, LA. 1720 Valley View DriveBirmingham, AL 35209(205) 322-6666. One officer said. Ivey extends Safer At Home order until March, Finding a free COVID test difficult in Cullman area. Alabama has already sued Birmingham for removing the statue they took down. The maximum fine, in that case, is $25,000 and it looks like Birmingham simply decided to bite the bullet. Huntsville Police have arrested a suspect in the murder of a 22-year-old Alabama A&M student. The Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument, in Birmingham, has been a particular flashpoint. Like most Virginian slaveholders, he profited from the forced breeding (rape) and sale of slaves. Johnson and others told the crowd the statue needed to come down because it is a racist reminder of the past. The statue will go to a museum or somewhere else where it can be stored safely. Angry protesters on Sunday tried to destroy a Confederate monument in Linn Park in Birmingham and successfully tore down a statue. 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Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin came to the park to ask protesters to stand down. “Southern Heritage” is a double-edged sword. Like the title of Spike Lee’s 1989 film classic, “Do the Right Thing!”. There are those who try to make these statues something other than what they are. Jefferson Davis Presidential Star, marble portico (1897). But in Birmingham… Richmond’s, Williams Carter Wickham was a plantation owner and slaveowner. Other cities need to step up and honor your citizens, especially the ones pained by the existence of the monuments glorifying a slave culture and at least pretend their lives matter. Using rocks, rope and a pickup truck, protesters gathered in Birmingham, Alabama worked to bring down a statue erected in honor of Confederate Navy captain Charles Linn. In Montgomery, the statue of Robert E. Lee was taken down in front of the school that bears his name. The Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument was a commemorative obelisk that was erected in Linn Park, Birmingham, Alabama in 1905. It has been suggested that we should rename as many as 10 of our Legendary Military Bases, such as Fort Bragg in North Carolina, Fort Hood in Texas, Fort Benning in Georgia, etc. A statue of Charles Linn, a blockade runner in the Confederate navy and an early Birmingham industrialist after whom the park is named, was an early casualty. One protester urinated on the fallen statue before running away. Discussion surrounding the Confederate monument's presence has been a hot topic in Birmingham over the past few years. The historians try their damnedest to portray Lee as a gentleman and a “good” slave owner. Fort Gordon outside of Savannah, GA is named after Lt. General John Brown Gordon, once the head of the Georgia Chapter of the Ku Klux Klan (the record will reflect he publicly denied it). They say they are a part of history that shouldn’t be lost. The fire and the damaged window happened about an hour after protesters pulled down a statue and damaged a Confederate monument in Linn Park. Alabama Can’t Make Birmingham Display Confederate Monument. A man walks past the toppled statue of Charles Linn, who was in the Confederate Navy, in Birmingham's Linn Park, on Monday. After the war, he became the President of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company where he exploited former slaves, many of them forced to work as convict laborers. The protesters pulled down the top part of the statue of Charles Linn by tying a rope and using manpower and a truck to pull it down. …Our history as the Greatest Nation in the World will not be tampered with. Protesters pull down statue in Linn Park (Source: WBRC) Protesters in Richmond, VA, tore down a statue of Gen. Williams Carter Wickham, on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth. A Confederate … Some of his relatives tried to have it removed in 2017 after the Charlottesville violence. These Monumental and very Powerful Bases have become part of a Great American Heritage, and a... …history of Winning, Victory, and Freedom. Alabama sued the city of Birmingham in 2017 after the barrier was placed, citing a … Birmingham Mayor Explains Removal Of Confederate Statue, Says 'Revisionist History Should Be Corrected' By Eddy Rodriguez On 6/2/20 at 5:40 PM EDT. All rights reserved. BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (CN) – Across the South, cities are weighing what to do with statues commemorating leaders and soldiers of the Confederacy in response to the deadly clash in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend. Residents and visitors look over the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017. The protesters pulled down the top part of the statue of Charles Linn by tying a rope and using manpower and a truck to pull it down. A statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that has represented Virginia in the U.S. Capitol for 111 years has been removed.Virginia Gov. When the legacy of your ancestors is that these men honored with monuments and statues were killers, and often rapists (I’m looking at you Thomas Jefferson) it’s hard to revere them as heroes. America, especially the Southern states that have passed legislation forbidding local jurisdictions from taking down these monuments to slavery, have a chance to do better. Erwin Rommel was a brilliant General but you don’t find Jewish children in Germany forced to attend Rommel High. Respect our Military! In the aftermath of the senseless murder of George Floyd by four Minneapolis policemen. They aren’t concerned with telling the whole history mind you. Protesters pull down statue in Birmingham. You can’t walk around Germany and find statues and monuments to Hitler. In addition to the statues that were taken down by protesters, several cities have recently become enlightened that they represent an affront to the black citizens who walk past them daily, seeing them as honoring slavery and the brutality that came with it. Confederate Memorial Monument, also known as the "Monument to Confederate Soldiers and Sailors" (1898). After their rope broke, the protesters agreed to stand down after the Mayor promised he would, “finish the job,” a promise he kept. The protesters defaced the Confederate monument, chipped away part of the concrete and pulled the wooden barrier off the base, according to WBRC Fox 6 in Birmingham. I likely missed several but you get the point. A man walks past a toppled statue of Charles Linn, a city founder who was in the Confederate Navy, in Birmingham, Ala., on June 1, 2020, following a night of unrest. Bragg wasn’t even a good General, losing the 1863 Battle of Chattanooga and resigning from the Confederate army in disgrace. (Jay Reeves/Associated Press) U.S. Alabama Birmingham… Therefore, my Administration will not even consider the renaming of these Magnificent and Fabled Military Installations. Cities are finally beginning to recognize if not the rightness of taking them down, the fear that they will be taken down after the next senseless murder that history suggests isn’t long in the offing. Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall has demanded that the city of Birmingham pay a $25,000 fine for removing a Confederate statue in violation of a 2017 law aimed at preventing its removal. The protesters were in the park listening to a speech by comedian Jermaine “FunnyMaine” Johnson before some of them started working to remove the statue. The protesters defaced the Confederate monument, chipped away part of the concrete and pulled the wooden barrier off the base. The United States of America trained and deployed our HEROES on these Hallowed Grounds, and won two World Wars. May 31, 2020 at 8:27 PM CDT - Updated September 26 at 10:00 AM, 'Birmingham, the World is Watching” rally, HPD: Suspect arrested in murder of Alabama A&M student, Gov. A Gray Media Group, Inc. Station - © 2002-2021 Gray Television, Inc. There’s barely a mention of the plantation he opened and none of the slaves he owned and how they were treated. Ultimately, his statue was removed by the people of Virginia who’d had enough of this racist monument. Jay Reeves / AP After their rope broke, the protesters agreed to stand down after the Mayor promised he would, “finish the job,” a promise he kept. Charles Linn’s statue was put up in 2013. But as the crowd left, some of the protesters shattered doors , threw rocks and burned a flag off 20th Street. Confederate statue torn down in Birmingham 54-foot Confederate monument was vandalized as protesters in Birmingham tied ropes around it and tried to pull it down. The Confederate monument in Linn Park was erected in 1905 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, according to Newsweek. You can read about the mercantile store he owned and operated. Alabama, Confederate, mayors, memorials, statues. In Birmingham, AL, protesters took down a Confederate statue of Charles Linn and attempted to topple another statue in a Birmingham park. Some started to move. Protesters pulled down a bronze statue of Charles Linn, the park’s namesake who was a captain in the Confederate Navy and later one of the founders of Birmingham, covering in … For the record, there is no such thing as a good slave owner. The damage started about an hour after the 'Birmingham, the World is Watching” rally to serve as example of non-violent protest against the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The protestors successfully pulled down a statue […] A Confederate monument on the campus of the University of Mississippi was covered with red handprints and labeled, “spiritual genocide.” In Montgomery, AL, a status of Robert E. Lee was taken down, outside the high school named after him. Take the Army looking into changing these names with a grain of salt if it requires Presidential approval. They also shattered at least one window at one of the buildings. They never should have gone up. They fiercely argue whether or not he personally whipped some runaway slaves as described in anonymous letters printed in the New York Daily Tribune. Why exactly did he merit a statue? A monument to volunteers of the Army of the Republic stands next to a confederate monument covered up by the mayor of Birmingham in Linn Park August 18, 2017 in Birmingham, Alabama. In Birmingham, AL, protesters took down a Confederate statue of Charles Linn and attempted to topple another statue in a Birmingham park. Overnight, a heavier band of precipitation sets up especially along and south of I-20. In the last 24 hours, Birmingham removed a Confederate monument. The majority of these statues weren’t erected at the end of the war but as a response to the passage of Civil Rights and Voting Rights legislation decades later. Look up Birmingham’s Charles Linn and you can find biographical information about his stint as a seaman and how he transported cotton to Liverpool to support the war effort. A Confederate statue was being removed from Linn Park after unrest in the city Sunday night. It was only 7 years ago that Jacksonville, FL renamed a school that for 54 years was named after the founder and first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, Nathan Bedford Forrest. Richmond, VA is trying to remove statues of Robert E. Lee and others. Updated 6-3-20 at 10:33 p.m. with a comment from Britt Demolition CULLMAN, Ala. – As protests and riots sweep the nation in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the city of Birmingham saw residents take it upon themselves to try to take down the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Linn […] As recently as February, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin said he had no immediate plans to remove the wooden box concealing the base of the monument. One protester urinated on the fallen statue before running away. The fire and the damaged window happened about an hour after protesters pulled down a statue and damaged a Confederate monument in Linn Park. Updated 11:47 PM ET, Mon June 1, 2020 A man walks past a toppled statue of Confederate veteran Charles Linn in a Birmingham, Alabama, park, following a night of demonstrations. At 10:15 p.m. Sunday night Birmingham police told protesters in Linn Park they had 15 minutes to leave the area. 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