Request made for a Confederate monument to be moved at the Lee County Courthouse in Tupelo

A spotlight is now on the confederate statue at the intersection of Broadway and Court Street.

Posted: Jul 7, 2020 1:39 AM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- At a meeting of the Lee County Board of Supervisors Monday morning, a woman asked board members to move a Confederate monument located next to the old Lee County Courthouse.

A spotlight is now on the confederate statue at the intersection of Broadway and Court Street.

At the meeting of the Board of Supervisors, Leah Davis made the request on behalf of numerous individuals that signed a petition online.

Davis requested the board move the statue located right outside the courthouse.

Board of Supervisors member Tommie Lee Ivy said over the phone that the request will be talked about in meetings to come. James Lenoir is a concerned citizen.

“I think it would only be fair to remove all Confederate monuments, along with the Confederate flag,” Lenoir said.

Lenoir said he thinks this is the time for the state to make these changes, including the change to the state’s flag.

“I think the time has presented itself for the Confederate flag,” Lenoir said.

“I think it’s important for us to be on the right side of history, and I think [by] removing the Confederate monument, I think we’ll be on the right side of history,” Lenoir said.

Tommy George said he thinks Confederate monuments are an important part of history.

“I don’t want to see them destroyed,” George said.

“You just need to learn from what your past mistakes are instead of just, you know, tearing everything down, and like, we don’t want to have anything to do with it, learn from it. Use it as a teaching experience,” George said. “Don’t try to wipe that part of history out.’

He said he would like to see it preserved.

“Take it, put it in a museum, put it on a Confederate graveyard, just don’t try to wipe that part of history out because there’s no sense in it,” George said.

Tommie Lee ivy of the Board of supervisors said over the phone that the request for the statue’s removal is under advisement.

The board’s next meeting will give people who oppose removing the statue the opportunity to speak.

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