A Confederate monument dedicated in 1909 stands in the middle of the square in Tuskegee, Ala., on Thursday, June 28, 2018. Demonstrators once tried to topple the monument and it has been the target of vandals. Yet a Confederate heritage group owns the land, and the memorial has survived generations in a mostly black city known as a landmark of minority education and empowerment. Black graffiti from a vandalism incident that occurred last year is still visible on the base. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

History shared but unreconciled in city's Confederate statue

August 09, 2018 - 1:05 am

TUSKEGEE, Ala. (AP) — Dozens of Confederate monuments have come down across the United States recently, but not the one in mostly black, historically rich Tuskegee, Alabama.

The stone Confederate memorial is still marked with black spray paint from an incident last fall, and there have been a few failed attempts to remove it through the years.

But a Confederate heritage group owns both the monument and the land where it sits, and records show the group has refused to make any changes.

The monument was dedicated in 1909 when Confederate memorials were going up across the South. Records show the county gave the heritage group the land for use as a park for white people, but it's open to everyone now.

Tuskegee is the home of Tuskegee University, a leading historically black school.

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