Two recent articles have suggested that push back against Confederate iconography and commemoration is waning since the lowering of the Confederate battle flag in Columbia, South Carolina last summer. A number of states and local communities still recognize April as Confederate History/Heritage Month. This also includes the recognition of Confederate Memorial Day. The media focused a good deal of attention on Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant’s proclamation and subsequent defense of his decision to carry on the practice this past month.
A closer look at just this past month suggests that resistance against public commemorations and/or publicly supported commemorative sites remain controversial. The month began and ended with…
- Annual festival in Berea, Kentucky cancelled over sale of Confederate memorabilia.
- Artwork replaces Confederate monument in Reidsville, North Carolina.
- Confederate flag at Tyler Cemetery (TX) moved.
- Marion County, Florida will relocate its Confederate flags by mid May.
- Efforts in Louisiana’s legislature to prevent removal of monuments in New Orleans stalls.
- Planning commission in Jacksonville, Florida denies Sons of Confederate Veterans permit for flagpole.
- Virginia Senate failed to overturn veto of Confederate monuments bill.
- Confederate symbols removed from hallways below the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C.
- Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, speaks out publicly against the Confederate flag.
- Historical marker honoring Jefferson Davis was vandalized on the campus of Texas State University.
- Middle Tennessee State University will rename a building named in honor of Nathan Bedford Forrest.
- Charlottesville, Virginia’s city council will likely create a special commission to examine whether to relocate/remove its Confederate monuments.
- High School in Vestavia Hill, Alabama will pay $30,000 to re-brand its “Rebel” mascot.
- The city of Lexington, Kentucky will remove a major Confederate monument adjacent to the campus of the University of Louisville.
And that’s a wrap on your Confederate Heritage Month 2016. See you next year.