HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (FOX 11) - A Confederate soldiers memorial, located in the private Hollywood Forever cemetery, has come down.
It was erected back in 1925 and has stood there ever since. It sits on a plot of land surrounded by close to 100 Civil War Confederate soldiers who moved to Southern California after the war. The United Daughters of the Confederacy purchased the grave plots, place the monument in the center and deeded the plots to individual veterans.
The monument, which reads "In Memory of the Confederate States Army who have died or may die on the Pacific Coast" was recently the subject of controversy. In light of the recent protests and violence in our nation surrounding confederate monuments, such as the clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia and the tearing down of the Confederate Soldiers Monument near the old Durham County Courthouse in North Carolina, dueling petitions targeted the confederate solders monument at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
A Change.org petition called for the removal of the monument claiming that, "...history has looked back and determined the Confederacy's racist and bigoted actions as traitorous, there is no reason to celebrate them."
The Daughters of the Confederacy fired back with their own petition saying that, “Confederate monuments are under attack…and the purge won't end until every Monument from all American wars are gone. Thomas Jefferson and George Washington were both slave owners and their monuments will be next.”
Tyler Cassity, the President of Hollywood Forever, said the decision to remove the monument is not up to him. “I have spoken with our attorneys…we don't have the legal right to take someones burial memorial down, these are graves, these are owned by these individuals.
But then, late Tuesday afternoon, The Daughters of the Confederacy had a change of heart and informed Hollywood Forever that they would have the monument removed "within the next 24 hours."
It was removed Wednesday morning.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti also weighed in to the controversy saying, 'Public confederate memorials i think have no place in our nation any more than you would put up a memorial to other acts of hate or division in this country. People can learn that history but they don’t have to lionize it. Private property owners have the right to put things where they are but I would encourage them to use their judgment.”
Hollywood Forever would not say where the memorial is being moved to or how the Daughters of the Confederacy came to their decision. The cost of removing the monument will be borne by Hollywood Forever.
By Logan Byrnes
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