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Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors Vote On The Location of Confederate Monument

Updated: Jul 21

Today in Lauderdale County, the Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors voted on a resolution that decided on the location of the Confederate monument located in front of the Lauderdale County courthouse.

On July 6, a local group known as the Dream

Team of The South presented the Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors with a plan, asking for the removal and relocation of the Confederate monument from the front of the Lauderdale County courthouse, the plan was further discussed on July 16, where it was stated that the board would vote on the location of monument on Monday, July 20.

Voted on 3 to 1 by The Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors, the resolution finds that once the construction of the new Lauderdale County courthouse, which will be known as the “Lauderdale County Government Complex” is complete, the current location of the courthouse, where the confederate monument stands will house Lauderdale County archives and history. The building will also serve as Lauderdale County’s Museum for the display of historical records and artifacts, deeming its location appropriate for all monuments, historical artifacts and memorials to remain in.

N’spire Walker, president of the Dream Team of The South, the group that requested the removal of the monument, shared that the resolution that was voted on came as a surprise to her, after attending previous meetings that discussed the request for the relocation of the Confederate monument.

“ So regarding the old courthouse, it was mentioned and even as you should see it on the agenda from hen, that they were going to make this into an archives building, the old courthouse, but now we get her, you going to add archives and monumental part –to try to cover up by using black smoke conversation, so to speak. To be inclusive of what you’re wanting to happen with the monument, which is you pretty much saying ‘oh its staying here’, without listening to us,” said N’spire walker, president of the Dream Team of The South.

Although the Confederate monument will remain in its current location, in front of the Lauderdale County courthouse, the Dream Team of The South plans to continue to promote its plan for unity within the community.

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