Franklin Twp Trustees announce new location for Confederate monument

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) — A Confederate monument that was recently removed from Franklin Township will soon have a new home.

The Franklin Township Board of Trustees announced the monument would be moved to 1075 N. Main St.

You can watch the full discussion from Thursday’s meeting here:

The marker, honoring Confederate general Robert E. Lee, was removed in August by Franklin. City officials said the marker was removed because of it’s proximity to the roadway on the Dixie Highway.

The removal came days after violence erupted during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

That removal sparked outrage from some people in Franklin Township. Several subsequent Trustee meetings drew large crowds, as people debated whether the marker should return or be removed permanently.

At a recent meeting, Trustees announced the marker would be returned to the Dixie Highway, but at a different location.

Trustees also said there would be a re-dedication ceremony. The exact location of the marker hasn’t been announced yet.

The marker was damaged during removal, and sent to Columbus for repairs. It cost nearly $2,000 to repair the monument.

People at Thursday’s meeting said they wanted the marker returned to its original location.

Moving expenses, including concrete, have been donated for the relocation project.

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