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Charlottesville city leaders vote to remove another Confederate statue

Charlottesville city leaders vote to remove another Confederate statue”

Back in February, City Council voted 3-2 to remove the Robert E. Lee statue form Emancipation Park.

The Memphis City Council unanimously agreed Tuesday to sponsor an ordinance that allows the statues of Nathan Bedford Forrest in Health Sciences Park and Jefferson Davis in Memphis Park, as well as any related artifacts to be immediately removed from the City, even if the Tennessee Historical Commission denies the city's waiver request in October. Meanwhile, the council resolution recommending the statues' immediate removal - with or without state approval - is proceeding toward its final approval. Tatum said one of them, whom he declined to identify and described as "one of our city leaders", paid for the Mayes Media Group and Cherry Communications in Tallahassee, Fla., to survey Dallas voters on the Lee Park monuments.

Both statues will remain for now while a lawsuit over their removal plays out. The Aug. 12 rally resulted in the death of Heather Heyer, 32, after a vehicle plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters at the intersection of 4th and Water Streets.

They said the monuments have become flash points for white supremacist violence throughout this summer.

".[T] he surest way to repudiate that effort is to reject the celebration of these statues in our downtown civic spaces.", he said, going on to compare the events in Charlottesville to the racially-motivated shooting of nine people in a historic African American church in Charleston, South Carolina in 2015.

A vote was also held last month about covering up the statues and the majority of council members voted in favour.



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