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Indianapolis to dismantle Confederate monument in park

Mayor Hogsett announced the grave monument relocated to Garfield Park nearly a century ago from its original location in a cemetery will be dismantled.

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis will remove from a park a monument dedicated to Confederate soldiers who died at a Union prison camp in the city. 

Mayor Joe Hogsett announced Thursday that the grave monument relocated to Garfield Park nearly a century ago from its original location in a cemetery will be dismantled by contractors in the coming day. 

He says the “streets are filled with voices of anger and anguish, testament to centuries of racism directed at Black Americans." Hogsett says the monument has served as a painful reminder of "our state’s horrific embrace of the Ku Klux Klan a century ago."

Credit: AP
File-This Aug. 15, 2017, file photo shows the monument in Garfield Park of Indianapolis dedicated to Confederate soldiers who died at a Union prison camp in the city during the Civil War. Mayor Joe Hogsett announced Thursday that the monument would be removed, calling it "a painful reminder of our state's horrific embrace of the Ku Klux Klan a century ago." (AP Photo/Tom Davies, File)

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