The Confederate monument in Albertville that has been the focus of protests since August will be getting a new fence placed around it, according to Marshall County Commission chairman James Hutcheson .

The chairman told The Reporter a fence will soon be placed around the flagpole area, which contains the Confederate monument and a separate war memorial. Hutcheson said installing a barrier was a matter of safety. 

“All of your monuments have got some type of fence around it to keep people … kids from climbing and falling,” he said. “ It’s a safety issue for me… We’ve seen kids out there climbing on it, and I don’t want somebody to fall off and get hurt.”

The style of fence would match the black railing already present at the courthouse and will cost approximately $3,000. The money would come out of the Courthouse Budget Fund, Hutcheson said.

Marshall County Sheriff Phil Sims said he had received requests to install a barrier around the monuments, so he began discussing the idea with the chairman. 

“It was suggested that a fence or something be put around it to keep the area more secure and keep it from being damaged,” Sims said.

Aside from the Confederate monument, he said he was concerned about the other war memorial and flagpoles located there getting damaged or vandalized. 

“I’m not worried about just that one monument that everyone is focused on,” Sims said. “Right next to it, you got your other military monument… The last thing I want to see is anybody throw paint on it, ram into their car or take a sledge hammer to it.”   

Sims said he initially recommended cordoning off the area with posts and police tape during any future protests, but Hutcheson said he wanted something more permanent that would add to the aesthetics of the courthouse in addition to providing security.

“Anything I do to the courthouse, I want it to look presentable to the public,” Hutcheson said. 

The chairman said he’s done a lot to spruce up the courthouse since taking office including extensive landscaping and tree removal, replacing the front awning, refinishing the front stairs, applying a new paint job and adding a new, paved handicap ramp.

“I try to take pride in anything I do to [the courthouse],” he said. “This handrail around the monument, it’s really nothing compared to what we’ve done.”  

 

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DevonOx

“Anything I do to the courthouse, I want it to look presentable to the public,” Hutcheson said. - Maybe try taking down the monument and flag that represents traitors to the United States of AMERICA! I have ancestors that fought on the wrong side of the war. I honor them as ancestors, not as Patriots. Why is that? Because they fought AGAINST America. Maybe some were forced, maybe some were uneducated enough about the situation to not realize what and who they were fighting for or against. For those, you honor them as your family, at home. For the others, well they knew exactly what they were fighting for. Too lazy to do their own work, they wanted to force others to do it for them. No one needs statues and flags for that. If you think you do, I should feel sorry for you. But I don't. Your tiny-knobbed desperate need for 'glory' is just sad. Put that pathetic loser participation trophy stuff in a museum OR put it in your yard and let the world know how un-Christian you truly are. It does NOT belong on government property.

Accounted_4

The county organized local citizens into regiments and sent its them off to fight in a war that they often did not return from. The county owes it to the early citizens to have a war memorial and flag dedicated to those local Confederates at the courthouse.

Unlike WWI, WWII, Vietnam, misc, southern citizens of the Civil War fought to defend their families on their own lands from plundering, deadly, destructive, raping military invaders sent by an imperialistic northern government. It is unusually cruel for the county to have formed a regiment and then remove their memorials and flags.

Removing these war memorials and attacking our history is very demoralizing to us military vets.

Accounted_4

Please keep and preserve the Confederate flag and memorial.

I agree with this former NAACP President and military Vet that the Confederacy represented everyone in this area. As he said, "The [Confederate] monument is part of the County’s history, both black and white, and is a monument to dead loved ones who were from the County. How would you like it if you went to the cemetery and saw folks taking off a headstone of one of your loved ones? The monument stands in memory of those who were killed and never made it home for a proper burial.”

https://www.wdam.com/2020/08/03/former-wayne-county-naacp-president-supports-keeping-confederate-monument/?fbclid=IwAR3rb1tmmGmKq4_gOqE8SLxUPCL6F8GWMF7Og66cVV6QqxnTEEYVcG9tCy4

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