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The calls to remove the monument in Madison, and other monuments like it, have given rise to questions of the place of Confederate memorials and cemeteries in daily life: Is a monument in a cemetery really on public display? Though most people rarely enter cemeteries, are their contents — statues, monuments and plaques — subject to scrutiny by people in the community? While a Confederate statue in a busy town square honors the dead, does a monument in a tranquil, little-trafficked cemetery have the same effect?
“These are markers to a person’s grave,” said David Sloane, a historian at the University of Southern California who has written two books on cemeteries. “Cemetery memorials do have a different meaning than a symbolic public memorial on the highways and byways of the city or in a public park.”
The monument targeted for removal, boxy and carved from a smooth gray granite, is engraved with the names of dozens of soldiers, mostly men who were imprisoned and died at nearby Camp Randall during the Civil War. It stands prominently in front of the men’s graves, their names chiseled on their headstones in simple block letters — C. A. Hollingsworth, H. Faulks and L. Galloway among them — alongside their regiments and home states, frequently Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi.
originally posted by: Irishhaf
And someone will be along shortly to say how this is not that important I am sure, its just a piece of cloth, its just street sign, its just a statue, its just a grave marker can now be added to the list.
With all that is going on in the world its terribly sad to me that this is what people choose to get offended by.
originally posted by: tinymind
If this is what we are coming to be, why not just remove all the headstones and dig up the coffins?
Local officials and residents, outraged by the violence in Charlottesville, Va., last month and determined to clear their cities of markers that glorify the Confederacy, are pushing for the removal of Confederate monuments that have adorned the graves of soldiers for decades.
originally posted by: network dude
a reply to: Gryphon66
Days after the protests in Charlottesville, Paul Soglin, the mayor of Madison, directed that a plaque honoring the Confederacy inside Forest Hill Cemetery, a city-owned property near the University of Wisconsin campus, be removed. The city council will soon consider whether to take out another, larger memorial in the cemetery that is dedicated to Confederate soldiers.