Arizona’s Battle over Confederate Monuments


Another state is embroiled in a battle over its Confederate monuments; only this state was not a part of the Confederacy.  Recently Louisiana, Alabama, and Virginia have made national news with their fight over Confederate monuments and whether they needed to stay or go.  The battles in these states have sparked KKK rallies, death threats, intimidation, and legislation.

Arizona is now engaged in a debate about removing its Confederate monuments.  Wait!  Arizona?  Apparently, Southerners, who settled in Arizona Post-World War II, bought their ideals with them, and penchant for black intimidation.

In the 1950’s a population boom brought Confederate heritage groups to Arizona, and they became a significant presence.  Reportedly thousands of Southerners moved to a drier climate and brought along with them, their Confederate symbols.

The six monuments the East Valley NAACP has identified are:

Confederate Memorial in the Southern Arizona Veterans’ Cemetery, Sierra Vista: Erected in 2010 with support from members of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and Sons of Confederate Veterans.


Arizona Confederate Veterans Monument in Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery: Dedicated in 1999 by a local chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.


Monument at the graves of four Confederate soldiers killed during a skirmish with the Chokonen band of the Chiricahua Apache, Dragoon Springs: The “monument” here is more of a historical marker placed there by the U.S. Forest Service — in cooperation with the Arizona Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans — in 1999.


Confederate Veterans Monument in Wesley Bolin Memorial Park, in front the state capitol: Erected by the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1961.


Jefferson Davis Highway, U.S. Highway 60 at Peralta Road, Apache Junction: In 1913, the United Daughters of the Confederacy came up with a plan for a transcontinental highway named for their hero, Confederate President Jefferson Davis.


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