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Homemade sign planted at site of removed Confederate monument

The confederate monument sits near an intersection that was once owned by Franklin Township. (FOX19 NOW) The confederate monument sits near an intersection that was once owned by Franklin Township. (FOX19 NOW)
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FRANKLIN, OH (FOX19) -

A homemade sign was briefly planted at the intersection where a Confederate monument once stood.  

Franklin’s public works crew removed the Robert E. Lee memorial Wednesday night from a patch of grass at Dixie Highway and Hamilton-Middletown Road.

By Thursday morning, someone put up a sign reading in-part: “We do not negotiate with terrorist. BLM is a terrorist organization,” with the image of the Confederate flag. 

It remained at the intersection for several hours until a some grabbed the sign, returned to their car and drove away, witnesses said.

The monument’s current whereabouts are not known. It’s a large boulder with a mounted bronze plaque dedicated in the 1920s by the United Daughters of the Confederacy and Friends.

The memorial sparked debate between two neighboring communities Wednesday, before the city decided to take it down in the overnight hours.  

But instead of permanently dismantling their monument, Franklin city officials said they planned to give it to neighboring Franklin Township - its original owner.

"The City of Franklin has notified our Township neighbors that our crews will remove the monument and return their property to their selected location forthwith," Franklin Fire Chief Jonathan Westendorf said in a release Wednesday night. 

Dozens of Confederate monuments are coming down around the country in light of a white nationalist rally that turned violent in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday.

"Whether events of the past may have been celebratory or unpleasant, it is important that we remember the culmination of all such events is what has transpired and shaped this great nation, including Franklin Township," wrote Trustee Traci Stivers said in a prepared statement Wednesday. 

It is unclear what the township will do with the monument once it's returned to them by the city.

"Early this morning, the city of Franklin stepped in and removed the monument. It's within their rights. That's a section of town that they had annexed," Franklin Township Trustee Brian Morris said. "There is no future decision at this moment as to what will be done with that monument."

The Warren County monument is one of four memorials to confederate soldiers in Ohio.

  • Confederate Capt. William C. Quantrill's grave is marked with a memorial in Dover in Tuscarawas County. Capt. Quantrill was originally buried in Kentucky, but his remains were moved to Dover in 1887.
  • A monument in Columbus at the Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery marks the site where 2260 Confederate soldiers are buried. The monument was erected in 1902.
  • A Confederate monument was erected on Johnson's Island in Lake Erie, north of Sandusky. The monument was built in 1910 and marks the location of a former Confederate prison site. More than 200 Confederate officers are buried in a cemetery on the island, according to the National Park Service. A statue of a Confederate soldier looks out over the graves.

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