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Hollywood Forever Cemetery to Remove Confederate Monument After Outcry

17 Août 2017

A Los Angeles cemetery will take down a monument honoring Confederate soldiers days after violence erupted during a white supremacist rally over a Confederate statue in Charlottesville, Virginia.

A granite marker at the graves of Confederate veterans has been removed from a cemetery in Hollywood, Calif. after threats of vandalism. By 9 Wednesday morning, the monument was gone, removed by a pickup truck and driven off while covered by a tarp.

"We are removing the monument at the request of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Long Beach branch [who maintain the monument]", Hollywood Forever president and co-owner Tyler Cassity told LAist on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, the cemetery reported that someone vandalized the monument, writing "No" across the plaque.

Officials said Tuesday that it would be taken to a storage site, but the grave markers will remain. She wishes to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation.

Managers say they have no plans to remove the century-old statues that mark the site of a Civil War prison camp. "We have had the cemetery remove it until we decide what to do".

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"I do not believe in slavery - no sane human would believe in that today", she said. "We don't want to be a place of contention or debate", said Cassidy. "We find hatred among white supremacists; we find hatred among Black Lives Matter", she said.

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The monument will be put into storage later Wednesday. "I don't think a lot of people were aware of its presence", Theodore Hovey, cemetery spokesman and family services counselor, told the Times. They've stopped doing reenactments, as well as bringing guns and Confederate flags.

Alene Tchekmedyian is a Los Angeles Times writer.

"We feel they have a right to commemorate their dead, but Confederate flags and guns can be disturbing to our visitors", Cassity said.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery to Remove Confederate Monument After Outcry