Confederate tower still in place 1 year after removal calls
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Confederate monument remains in place at an Indianapolis park a year after some city officials called for its removal.
The 35-foot (11-meter) tall granite tower in Garfield Park was built in 1912 to honor more than 1,600 Confederate soldiers who died during the Civil War while being held at the city’s Camp Morton.
Some City-County Council members joined others last August in calling for its removal following a deadly white-nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that sparked the removals of other Confederacy-related monuments in other states.
Indianapolis’ parks director agreed with the call for the monument’s removal, but Parks Department spokeswoman Ronnetta Spalding says that finding a new spot to move it to has proven difficult.
She tells WRTV-TV that the department hasn’t ruled out moving the monument.