Confederate monument in Ohio to be placed on private land

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In this August 2017 photo an American flag is displayed next to a marker in remembrance of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and the Dixie Highway, in Franklin, Ohio. The roadside marker honoring the Confederate general has swept the city of Franklin into the heated conflict over such monuments. The movement in recent years to […]

FRANKLIN, OH (AP) – Township officials say a small monument honoring Confederate General Robert E. Lee that sparked debate in southwest Ohio will be placed on private property.

Franklin Township Trustee President Brian Morris said in a statement Friday that he wants to preserve the monument’s history and decried the “threats and intimidation tactics” used by both sides during the debate.

Some Franklin Township residents became angry when they learned the 90-year-old bronze marker along Dixie Highway had been removed in August after deadly violence during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The marker was removed by a city crew in neighboring Franklin, which controlled the location. The city subsequently returned the marker to Franklin Township, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) north of Cincinnati, and paid for damage incurred during its removal.

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