Supervisors vote to remove Confederate statue from Lowndes County Courthouse

Confederate monument outside Lowndes County Courthouse (Source: WCBI)
Confederate monument outside Lowndes County Courthouse (Source: WCBI)(WCBI)
Published: Jul. 6, 2020 at 3:26 PM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors voted Monday to move the Confederate monument from in front of the courthouse. The statue has been on the courthouse lawn since 1912.

The board voted unanimously to move the statue from the county-owned downtown property to Friendship Cemetery. The cemetery is owned by the city of Columbus, which has said it will split the cost of the move.

Monday’s vote is just the beginning. The county still has to get approval from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and find an adequate place for it at Friendship Cemetery.

Bids also have to be taken for the cost of moving the statue.

Supervisor Leroy Brooks says it could take two to three months.

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