CONTROVERSY CONTINUES OVER CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS BILL

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Controversy continues over a bill that would protest Confederate monuments in Alabama.

The Alabama Heritage Preservation Act would prohibit the removal, relocation and renaming of historical objects and buildings on public properties.

Bill sponsor State Sen. Gerald Allen of Tuscaloosa said the goal is preserving Alabama’s history for future generations.

“This is not a Confederate bill,” he said. “This is a bill to protect history. This is not about the Confederate monuments, this is about all parts of history that exist.”

But Dwyer Freemen, an organizer for the University of Alabama’s student-run “We are Done” movement, said the act would challenge their efforts to rename Confederate namesakes on campus.

“We’re actually focused more on putting historical markers in front of buildings to acknowledge the full history of our campus,” she said. “Yes it’s true Hill Ferguson did wonderful things for our university. He was also a white supremacist.”

The bill passed in Alabama’s Senate and is now goes before the House.

Anyone who violates the Preservation Act if it’s enacted would face a fine of $100,000 per infraction.

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