But it couldn't survive for even a full day after a large-scale rally saw another racially divisive monument destroyed by protesters and a statue of Thomas Jefferson burned just feet away on Sunday. The monument’s base had been placed in 1894, the same year in which the Newsletter July 2015 Photograph, 1905. But it is just the latest in a series of injustices that black people in Alabama and beyond are no longer willing to put up with, according to Mia Speights, a black Birmingham resident who came out to the park on Monday to show her support for the cause. By the end of the night, it would be a riot. On Monday night, the city of Birmingham commenced the removal of one of Alabama’s most prominent physical memorials to its racist history. Only a few dozen protestors and interested folks showed up in the park on Monday afternoon and evening, but the force and scale of Sunday's events were enough to drive Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin to commit to bringing the memorial down by noon Tuesday. As a black mayor running a major city in which over 70 percent of residents are African-American, Woodfin probably didn’t hurt his local political future much by presiding over this historic moment. Late last year, Birmingham lost the court fight, but the Alabama Supreme Court said then that the worst the state could do to Birmingham was a $25,000 fine. Birmingham takes down Confederate monument after 115 ... - al The majority of veterans served in Alabama outfits, while others moved to Alabama after the war. Three years ago, not long after the white supremacist marches in Charlottesville, Virginia, then-Mayor William Bell had a crude plywood box built around the Confederate monument in Linn Park. I spoke with a few people I knew. The site operated from 1902-1939 as a haven for disabled or indigent veterans of the. Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission. The Confederate Soldiers & Sailors Monument in Linn Park was commissioned by the Pelham Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and dedicated in 1905. For more than a century, a 52-foot obelisk has stood in the center of Birmingham, Ala., a monument to Confederate soldiers and sailors who fought in the Civil War.. Floyd's death was the direct impetus for the Sunday protests in Birmingham that ultimately led to the dramatic removal of the monument in Linn Park a day later. The Confederate memorial was scarred from hundreds of hammer blows and defaced with scribblings in spray paint. The death of George Floyd, who was killed on video last month by a police officer in Minneapolis, shocked the nation and drove many thousands of Americans into streets from Alabama to Alaska. Tom Gordon/BirminghamWatch. by Jessica Leigh Hester June 5, 2020 How an Infamous Confederate Obelisk Finally Came Down The monument was dismantled and removed in 2020. Protestors attempted to topple a century-old Confederate monument in Linn Park Sunday night before rioting in downtown Birmingham. Protesters with a truck and chains try to topple a Confederate monument in Linn Park during a protest. Robert Walker poses for a photograph on the remains of a Confederate memorial that was removed overnight in Birmingham, Ala., on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. The plywood was placed there on orders of former Birmingham Mayor William Bell after the state passed the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act in 2017 in response to calls for removal of Confederate monuments on public property. The base of the Confederate monument in Linn Park. The City of Mobile joined Birmingham in taking down Confederate monuments, and when the City of Huntsville announced its intentions to do the … Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement, Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement, and Your California Privacy Rights (each updated 1/1/21). Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin defeated Bell in an election that fall, and he inherited the conundrum from his predecessor, just in time for the Alabama Legislature to pass a monuments law protecting the statue. Had they been successful, the monument would have crushed the truck and likely killed or injured bystanders. I wondered how long it would take someone to find the statue of Jefferson on the east side of the park. All rights reserved (About Us). Marshall said taking the historic monument down is in violation of the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act. BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Attorney General Steve Marshall has filed a new lawsuit against the City of Birmingham for its removal of the Confederate monument in Linn Park. Skip Navigation Share on Facebook And it will probably only raise his national political profile and stoke new suggestions that he run for state or national office. The obelisk was there through the entire tenure of Gov. BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Workers in Alabama’s largest city began removing a Confederate monument Monday night after demonstrators failed to knock down the obelisk the night before. Protesters who gathered for a demonstration in Linn Park on Sunday night defaced monuments in the park and, as they left, smashed windows and vandalized buildings along downtown … It remained through the salad days of the Ku Klux Klan and the largely forgotten founding of the Black Panther Party in Lowndes County, 100 miles to Birmingham's south. A statue of Charles Linn, a blockade runner in the Confederate navy and an early Birmingham industrialist after whom the park is named, was an early casualty. Following the removal of the Confederate monument in Birmingham's Linn Park Monday night, Attorney General Steve Marshall announced another lawsuit against the City Tuesday afternoon. Instead, their two attempts ended with two broken ropes. History. A short while later, colleagues of mine were assaulted in front of the Alabama Power building. It turned into a riot. Shortly after that, someone found the statue of Thomas Jefferson. The Alabama Supreme Court has upheld a state law barring cities from moving or altering Confederate monuments.Justices on Wednesday reversed a circuit judge’s ruling that declared the law unenforceable because it violates the free speech rights of local communities.PDF: Alabama Supreme Court rulingCourt records show the state of Alabama has imposed a $25,000 fine on the City of Birmingham. Community Rules apply to all content you upload or otherwise submit to this site. It remained in place as Bull Connor, likely the most infamous and reviled police chief in American history, ordered his men to sic snarling dogs on nonviolent protesters in Kelly Ingram Park, a few short blocks away. Although the monument had been damaged during Sunday night’s riots, Birmingham has been trying to take the statue down for years. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. But further down the street, more glass shattered. The John Merrill Show is on again. Marshall said taking the historic monument down is in violation of the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act. That decision, which results from violent protests that erupted in downtown … If this town was 71% Jewish, we wouldn’t have a statue of Adolf Hitler.”. You could say that it started with the Civil War. Community Rules apply to all content you upload or otherwise submit to this site. Before I reached the grocery store Sunday night my wife called to say I should probably go to Linn Park instead. But this was a moment that took place outside the horse race of electoral politics. The protesters looped one end of the rope about a third of the way up the obelisk and hitched the other end to the back of a red GMC pickup truck. And behind them, they left the obelisk. Finding meaning in the ruins of coronavirus and Legos. One of my colleagues, Shauna Stuart, was live-streaming an impassioned speech in Linn Park by Jermaine “Funnymaine” Johnson. It’s not right. About halfway there, I saw the orange light reflecting off the county courthouse wall. I don’t know when or how it will end. After a few minutes of pleas from protest leaders, the crowd shifted again back toward the monument. Someone shouted that they were going to Five Points, but the mass of people began to fracture a block or two away from the park and take detours down the city’s east/west avenues. Tom Gordon, BirminghamWatch. Through all the struggles and triumphs of the civil rights era, it stood as a physical representation of bloody nineteenth-century efforts to try to keep slavery intact. When it happened, the shift in the crowd was something I felt before I saw. Mo Brooks spouts nonsense, Ivey finds her nerve. The Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument was a commemorative obelisk that was erected in Linn Park, Birmingham, Alabama in 1905. The 52-foot-tall Confederate Soldiers & Sailors Monument towered over historic Linn Park for 115 years. Somebody change the channel. Confederate monument in Linn Park after being defaced by protesters. This is the most dangerous election. As Andre McKoy, a black Birmingham resident who went to Linn Park Monday afternoon to show his support for the protest movement, put it: “Birmingham is 71% black but we’ve got a Confederate monument right downtown. 1514856906 1590999392. I crossed paths with coworkers and colleagues from other media. Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission. BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Attorney General Steve Marshall has filed a new lawsuit against the City of Birmingham for its removal of the Confederate monument in Linn Park. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement, Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement, and Your California Privacy Rights (each updated 1/1/21). The possibility of removing the monument was implicit in the 1919 proposal by architects Frank Hartley Anderson, William Warren and Eugene Knight for a Memorial Civic Center that would serve as a comprehensive memorial with an emphasis on the recently-ended "Great War". Birmingham Age-Herald, April 27, 1905, p. 5. Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin has made good on his promise by ordering the removal of one of Alabama’s most prominent Confederate monuments. When I got there, a couple hundred protesters had gathered and a handful were already chipping with sledgehammers at the base of the century-old statue. All while, in the middle of it all, dozens of young men, and a few women, whacked at a sandstone obelisk. Confederate Memorial Park is the site of Alabama's only Confederate Soldiers' Home. Confederate Memorial Barrier Illegal, Alabama Supreme Court Says - Birmingham, AL - A barrier around a Confederate monument in Birmingham's Linn Park has been ruled illegal by … Alabama attorney general Steve Marshall filed an anticipated lawsuit against the city of Birmingham over the city's removal of a Confederate monument. And on Instagram. What I’ll take from the quarantine: My daughter’s first steps, Stop with the California comparisons, Kay Ivey, Lieutenant governor demands Alabama coronavirus task force do its job, If Alabama has to go back to work, so should the Legislature. Between the attempts, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin walked into the middle of the crowd, which had then grown by hundreds, with a bullhorn. Tonight. Two doughboy statues on either side of the Confederate monument were targets later. The monument in Birmingham, Alabama, became a flashpoint in the fight for racial justice. A few feet from me, two young women began hurling large chunks of sandstone, chipped from the monument, through windows at the Birmingham Board of Education headquarters. He asked the protesters to go home and give him a day to tear that statue down instead. Alabama lawmakers seemed ready to amend the law to be even more punitive but that bill died when coronavirus pandemic cut the 2020 session short. The demonstration, which started out peacefully but ultimately devolved into violence and extensive property damage in downtown Birmingham, represented a cry for justice by a people fed up with the seemingly endless series of deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of U.S. law enforcement officers. In its legal briefs, the city was blunt. As of 24 June 2020 , there are at least 122 public spaces with Confederate monuments in Alabama. In 2015, Birmingham’s park board approved a resolution to remove the 52-foot-tall monument. A few folks wrapped bungee lines around the monument and rope line pulled in vain against the 50 ft. tower of solid granite. (Video above: Confederate monument in Birmingham's Linn Park removed)In the new lawsuit, Marshall says removing a historic monument violates the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act, which … On Jefferson Davis Day, no less. This was not a new demand, either, and Johnson was not the first person to make it. What had begun as a tight-knit crowd with a singular mission disintegrated into a meandering riot, destroying storefronts and setting fires. RELATED: This is our history - how white supremacy still thrives in Alabama. In front of the Harbert Center, someone set fire to a flag. Two doughboy statues … He stopped short of having it removed because the state passed a law earlier that year aimed at keeping it and similarly fraught objects from being torn down. Attorney General Steve Marshall filed a lawsuit against Birmingham. And the most important. 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