Alabama mayor awaiting confederate monuments responds to Charlottesville violence
HANCEVILLE, Ala. —
The removal of State Confederate monuments has been at the center of controvery for some time. In fact, New Orleans recently got rid of theirs. Those controversial symbols could soon be up in Hanceville, Alabama.
If mayor, Kenneth Nail, has his way. We spoke to him Saturday and the mayor said frankly he's shocked at the violence that's erupted over these statues.
ABC 33/40 reported in June, Mayor Nail asked new orlenas to donate their monuments for display in Hanceville's Veterans Memorial Park. Like many supporters of these controversial symbols, he said "while they are seen as offensive symbols of hate in New Orleans.They are highly regarded in his city as symbols of heritage and struggles faced by all people."
Charlottesville violent protests comes after the city's decision to remove Robert E. Lee's statue. Hanceville Mayor Kenneth Nail said Charlottesville violent protests saddens him and no matter what side you're on it should never result in this type of behavior.
"I'm not for taking down the statue. I'm not. That's a part of our history, we don't heed to forget history. But we do need to respect each other and there's never an excuse for violence. There's never n excuse for violence. There might be things that I may not like, but that don't mean I go to shoot you, stab you, or run you over with a car or whatever," said Mayor Nail.
In May, our state passed the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act. Protecting monumnets forty years or more from being removed.