Gerald Allen

Alabama lawmakers approve Confederate monument protections

Alabama lawmakers approve Confederate monument protections

Alabama lawmakers approved sweeping protections for Confederate monuments, names and other historic memorials on Friday, even as politicians elsewhere rethink the appropriateness of keeping such emblems on public property.

The measure "would prohibit the relocation, removal, alteration, renaming, or other disturbance of any architecturally significant building, memorial building, memorial street, or monument" that has stood on public property for 40 or more years," it reads.

Changes to names or memorials installed between 20 and 40 years ago would need permission from a new state commission.

Supporters argued that the measure should protect all kinds of...

63°