Posted on January 15, 2019

Judge Voids Alabama Law Protecting Confederate Monuments

Cullman Times, January 15, 2019


A ruling issued late Monday by Jefferson County Circuit Judge Michael Graffeo says a 2017 state law barring the removal or alteration of historical monuments violates the free speech rights of local communities.


The state sued the city Birmingham two years ago after officials tried to remove a 52-foot-tall (15.85-meter)-tall obelisk that was erected to honor Confederate veterans in a downtown park in 1905.

Birmingham’s population is mostly black, and the judge says it’s indisputable that most citizens there are “repulsed” by the memorial.