BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Earlier this week, Birmingham Mayor William Bell ordered a Confederate monument situated a block from city hall covered up, out of view of the public.
The Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument, a 52-foot structure located at the entrance of Linn Park, was initially covered with plastic on Tuesday. However later that evening, crews from the city built a wall around the monument made from plywood painted black to conceal it.
Tuesday, Bell explained to reporters the city was exploring options to hide the display given its removal would violate the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act. That bill that was signed into law by Gov. Kay Ivey (R-AL) in May and prohibits local governments from moving or renaming historically significant buildings and monuments that have been in place for at least 40 years or longer.
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