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Sat Aug 19, 2017, 08:42 AM

Helena, Montana, removes Confederate memorial

Montana's capital city on Friday removed a memorial to Confederate soldiers that has been in a public park since 1916 after officials deemed it a threat to public safety in light of last weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Earlier this week, Native American lawmakers in Montana sent a letter to the city requesting that it remove the fountain, which they said stood for segregation, secession and slavery. The memorial is thought to be the only Confederate monument in the upper Rockies.
The Helena City Commission agreed on Wednesday and acted swiftly to uproot the fountain from the park just two blocks from City Hall. Crews arrived shortly after 9 a.m. Friday. By early afternoon, it was lifted by crane onto a flatbed truck.

City Parks and Recreation Director Amy Teegarden said the fountain initially will be stored in a city warehouse.


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Sat Aug 19, 2017, 09:09 AM

1. There should have never been a confederate memorial in Montana

It wasn't even a state when the civil war was fought.

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Sat Aug 19, 2017, 09:29 AM

2. There should never have been a Confederate memorial in ANY state.

We should not be honoring Confederates anywhere. I have no problem with monuments commemorating the Civil War or commemorating soldiers fighting for the US. But we should NOT be honoring traitorous soldiers who went to war against the US to preserve slavery. I don't care how "brave" they were in pursuing evil.

As noted in the article:

Angela Smith was visiting with her husband from Spokane, Washington and said she was a descendent of Union soldiers. Smith said it was time for such monuments across the country to come down."

Do we have statues of Hitler? Do we need things like that to remember our history?" she asked.

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