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Residents demand Confederate monument be returned

The sign at the intersection of Dixie Highway and Hamilton-Middletown Road. (FOX19 NOW) The sign at the intersection of Dixie Highway and Hamilton-Middletown Road. (FOX19 NOW)
FRANKLIN, OH (FOX19) -

Residents upset over the removal of the Robert E Lee plaque attended the Franklin City meeting Monday night demanding the confederate monument to be returned.

The plaque was moved last week near the corner of Hamilton Middletown road and Dixie Highway. Franklin city officials said they planned to give it to neighboring Franklin Township - its original owner.

[Ohio Confederate monument removed overnight]

The mayor tried to calm residents down as he explained the process of why the plaque was moved. 

"I know people don't think this was a right of way issue, but it was. It's against the city law," Mayor Denny Centers said. 

The audience did not like his answer.

"I'm 44, I've been here 44 years and that monument has never caused an accident," one resident said. 

The city manager said the monument being moved overnight was done for safety reasons. 

"Let me tell you what I would rather be called a coward then to be standing up there two days later than lighting candles at a memorial for someone that got hurt or killed up there," Sonny Lewis said. 

The big question people had is where the plaque is for now. Franklin Township has a meeting scheduled for Thursday which could shed some light on that answer.

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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