MOVING ON: UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA REMOVES CIVIL WAR PLAQUES FROM LIBRARY, QUAD

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Less than a day after making the announcement, the University of Alabama removed several plaques commemorating students who served in the Confederate Army and members of the student cadet corps who defended the campus against Union soldiers during the Civil War.

The move comes after students, alumni and Alabama fans started up a campaign requesting the change amid nationwide protests against police brutality and systemic racial inequalities for black Americans.

<p>“I am really happy they moved it,” University of Alabama student Ariana Rivera said.</p>

The university is far from alone in removing monuments dedicated to prominent Civil War figures. Statues across Alabama, including Birmingham, Montgomery and Mobile as well as across the South have been taken down or dismantled.

<p>The three plaques removed were located on and in front of Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library on the university’s quad. the removal process attracted several bystanders who all agreed it’s time for change.</p><div></div><p>”I think you can learn history from books,” Riviera said. “There’s not statues of nazis in Germany. You can learn the history without having a reminder of really bad things for a lot of students on this campus.”</p><div></div><p>And it wasn’t just college-aged students happy about the memorial’s removal.</p><div></div><p>“We just do not need to memorialize people who were advocates of slavery and also advocates of suppression,” Lina Albritton said.</p><div></div><p>The monument is special to Albritton, she said, because one of her ancestors was one of those university cadets in the Civil War. But she said she and her family are proud to witness the change.</p><div></div><p>“This has got to be insulting to any African American and really to white citizens as well,” Albritton said. “We were the people who suppressed African Americans way too long and this continues today, as you see in the Black Lives Matter protests that have gone on. Our family has been there at these protests. We are very much advocates of moving forward from this past.”</p><div></div><p>Many who witnessed the plaque removal agree this movement of change is just beginning.</p><div></div><p>“What we see is that is just time,” Albritton said. “It is time to put that in the past and move forward with a more inclusive statement from this university. Young people on this campus are the ones who are bringing this forward. It really touches my heart to see what young people are doing right now. My grandchildren will grow up in a more inclusive society.”</p><div></div><p>Those plaques will be placed in a more appropriate historical setting on the recommendation of UA President Stuart Bell, according to a statement released Monday.</p>

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