Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama Senate OKs Bill to Protect Historical Monuments

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama Senate OKs Bill to Protect Historical Monuments

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The Alabama Senate on Thursday passed a bill that would restrict cities and counties from removing historical monuments, including Confederate ones, from public property.

The Alabama Heritage Preservation Act passed despite several Democratic senators calling it an intrusion on local government authority.

The bill, which is headed to the House, would prohibit the removal, relocation, alteration or renaming of monuments on public property.

Republican Sen. Gerald Allen of Cottondale, the bill's sponsor, says monuments are important reminders of historic events.

"We are protecting Alabama's history from politically-correct efforts to re-write the past," Allen said in a news release. "Across the country, political opportunists are making a concentrated effort to erase large swaths of American history. …

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