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Group protests removal of Confederate memorial in Ohio

The group gathered near the site of the former Confederate memorial (FOX19 NOW) The group gathered near the site of the former Confederate memorial (FOX19 NOW)
FRANKLIN, OH (FOX19) -

The removal of a Confederate monument drew a group of protesters to Franklin Saturday afternoon.

City officials removed the memorial to Robert E. Lee, the top Confederate general during the Civil War, in the middle of the night Thursday. It had sat at the intersection of Dixie Highway and Hamilton-Middletown Road since 1927.

The group said their show of support had nothing to do with race and everything to do with history. They carried Confederate flags and signs reading “We want our monument back.”

[Homemade sign planted at site of removed Confederate monument]

“I am out here supporting my history because I am tired of it being carted off like it’s a piece of trash,” one person said.

The protest comes amid a national debate about monuments to the Confederacy. On Saturday, Duke University removed a statue of Lee after it was vandalized.  

The Franklin monument was one of four Confederate memorials in Ohio. It’s a large boulder with a mounted bronze plaque dedicated by the United Daughters of the Confederacy and Friends.

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