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Mississippi county supervisors vote against relocating Confederate monument

Statues and monuments around the country have recently been removed, toppled or defaced

Updated: July 8, 2020 - 8:42am

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In the state of Mississippi, the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted against moving a Confederate monument to a different piece of county property.

The Daily Journal reported that some of the supervisors noted that they had discussed the issue with African Americans.

The 5-0 vote came as monuments and statues around the country have been removed, toppled or vandalized amid a heightened national focus on racial issues in the wake of the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minnesota.

The Mississippi state legislature and Gov. Tate Reeves recently approved legislation to retire the state flag which was the last state flag in the union that still continued to use the Confederate Battle emblem. Per the legislation, the next flag design cannot contain the controversial symbol.

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