At a time when other states are taking down their Confederate monuments, the Alabama government has decided to preserve theirs.
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed a new bill on Wednesday, protecting the Confederate monuments in the state. The Alabama memorial preservation act of 2017 prohibits the removing or renaming of any memorial streets or buildings on the public property that have been in place for 40 or more years. It also bars the alteration of monuments and architecturally significant buildings. The law also creates a Committee on Alabama Monument Protection. State Senator Gerald Allen, who first proposed the bill, praised the governor for signing the bill into law.
“These racist symbols have no place on government property, where they counter our nation’s core principle to ensure liberty and justice for all,” said Rhonda Brownstein, legal director for the SPLC. “Other states and municipalities are removing these monuments from public property and placing them in museums, where people can learn the full history of slavery, the Civil War, and the Confederacy. That’s where they belong.”