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11-14-2007, 12:35 PM

11-14-2007, 12:51 PM
Probably ought to be relocated to the "Flags & Statues" forum.

Rob Weaver
11-14-2007, 09:25 PM
That's a terrble shame, particularly after an extravagant rennovation.

11-15-2007, 08:24 PM
they black faced the soldiers, well black confederates, not so bad unless you think it looks vaudville,

11-16-2007, 11:51 PM
they black faced the soldiers, well black confederates, not so bad unless you think it looks vaudville,So, you're saying the vandalizm is somehow justified if it somehow brings attention to the black confederates myth just as long as it isn't mistaken for a minstral show?

11-17-2007, 12:23 AM
I can't figure out vandals. Why the heck ain't they spending their free time looking at internet porn like normal people do?

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11-17-2007, 01:29 PM
So, you're saying the vandalizm is somehow justified if it somehow brings attention to the black confederates myth just as long as it isn't mistaken for a minstral show?

no, hate the vandalism but somehow its almost funny, sorry, just like the time someone painted my cavalry horse statue of my unit (1/10 cav) nuts yellow. we wanted to catch and ill they guys but it was still funny at the same time.

11-18-2007, 10:45 PM
I don't find this the least bit funny. Especially since it will cost taxpayers thousands to repair. BTW: Black confederates are not a myth, they existed. I belive the scholarly debate is based upon whether significant numbers participated in combat. Their is ample proof that they served as teamsters, personal servants, and laborers.

David Long

11-25-2007, 09:21 AM
Discussion of Black Confederates has been moved to the Whine Cellar.

12-17-2007, 02:15 AM
Three teens charged in monument vandalism

By Kenneth Mullinax

Montgomery Advertiser [Montgomery, Ala.]
December 15, 2007

State troopers arrested three white teenagers in the defacement of the Confederate Monument at the Alabama Capitol after receiving a tip from a Confederate veterans' group.

The 17-year-olds are all white males from Montgomery, said Sgt. Anthony Frost, a state trooper investigator. Information he received from Leonard Wilson, state commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, led to the arrests, he said.

"We are thankful for the information Mr. Wilson gave us from a tip he received, which helped us make these three arrests," Frost said.

Martha Earnhardt, a spokeswoman for the Department of Public Safety, would not reveal the youths' identities because they are juveniles.

The teens are accused of putting black paint on the Confederate Monument on Nov. 11. They were charged with first-degree criminal mischief, a felony that carries a sentence of one to 10 years in prison if they are tried and convicted as adults. If tried and convicted as juveniles, the sentences would be less harsh, Earnhardt said.

Wilson said Friday that the person who called him with information about the case will receive a $1,000 reward posted by the group if the suspects are found guilty.

"I had a call from a confidential informant on Nov. 28, and I forwarded the information to investigators at the Department of Public Safety in Montgomery," said Wilson, whose group has 2,000 members in Alabama.

He said he drove from his Walker County home Nov. 29 and met with Frost and the informant, who gave them the names of three 11th- and 12th-grade students from Montgomery.

State troopers began taking the youths into custody last week and arrested the last one within the past few days, Earnhardt said Friday.

"Our investigators had very strong leads and evidence and followed it aggressively until it led them to these suspects," Earnhardt said Friday. She would not say if video surveillance cameras helped apprehend the suspects.

A state official said the monument on the north grounds of the Capitol is undergoing a successful restoration.

Christy Carl, the Capitol's site director, said the restoration process has cost the state $3,500 so far and still isn't complete.

Bill "Deacon" Cox Jr., commander of the Wetumpka camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, said the memorial's vandalism made him physically ill.

"To deface any memorial that sits on the grounds of our state Capitol, whether it honors the Civil War or civil rights, is a slap in the face to all Alabama residents," Cox said.

A civil rights activist and state legislator echoed Cox's sentiments.

Rep. Alvin Holmes, D-Montgomery, commended law officers for their swift apprehension of the suspects. He said the deed was wrong, whether the suspects are black or white.

"I compliment them -- law enforcement -- for the job they have done in making arrests in this crime," he said, "but also hope that they will do as good a job in the future should it be a civil rights monument."



12-17-2007, 01:24 PM
Dear Mr. Mink:

Thank you very much for sharing news of the arrests. I'm thrilled that law enforcement is aggressively following up on these crimes. So far this year there's been the arrest and conviction of the guy who vandalized the monument in Norfolk, VA, the arrest and conviction of the three guys who dug several hundred holes in Spotsylvannia battlefield and now this.

It's so discouraging to read story after story of vandalism. But to know that our law enforcement forces are following up is terrific.

Made my day,

Karin Timour
Period Knitting -- Socks, Sleeping Hats, Balaclavas
Atlantic Guard Soldiers' Aid Society
Email: Ktimour@aol.com

12-17-2007, 01:29 PM
If only they were a year older...(sigh)