Board votes to remove Confederate monument from Linn Park

The Confederate memorial in Linn Park. (Source: WBRC video)
The Confederate memorial in Linn Park. (Source: WBRC video)
Published: Jul. 1, 2015 at 2:16 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 20, 2015 at 12:36 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The Birmingham Parks and Recreation Board has taken the first step to remove a Confederate monument from Linn Park.

The board voted to remove the monument during a meeting on Wednesday.

Members also agreed to get the city's legal deparmtent to research any legal impediment in moving the monument.

The monument was placed in Linn Park in 1905 by the Pelham Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

That group does not exist any more, so the board said it will contact five other chapters in Birmingham to see if they will assume the cost and resposibility of moving the monument.

Board member and former Birmingham mayor Benard Kincaid said he wants to be respectful of history, but in light of the church shootings in Charleston, South Carolina he does not believe a Confederate monument should be in a city park in Birmingham.

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