Hollywood forever cemetery to remove Confederate monument

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The report claims that several hundred activists requested the monument - which stands in the Confederate portion of the famous cemetery with over 30 Confederate veterans and their families' graves - be removed following the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville over the weekend. The monument was to be taken to a storage site, cemetery officials said, but the grave markers will remain.

Cassity told told the Los Angeles Times someone wrote, "No" in black marker under the monument's plaque. The events triggered a national debate about similar monuments.

Raw video published by WNCN, a CBS affiliate in North Carolina, show a group of protesters pulling down and kicking a confederate statue Monday.

"I was afraid to leave it overnight", said a spokeswoman for the organization, who asked that her name not be used for fear of reprisal.

Those calling for the monument's removal are "erasing history", she said.

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She condemned the violence in Virginia and expressed sorrow for those killed and injured. Paid for by United Confederate Veterans, the Maryland Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and the State of Maryland, it portrays a dying Confederate solider with a tattered Confederate Battled Flag and two women, one cradling him and another standing, peering into the horizon.

On the heels of a Confederate monument being spirited away from the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, a New Yorker is searching for money to help pay to move statues of Confederate icons from around the nation to President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort.

Cassity told Death and Taxes that he long considered the Confederate monument and headstones "historical artifacts" of which he was responsible for taking care, despite the fact that "annual memorials involving reenactments and such disturbed me, disturbed a lot of employees and disturbed visitors".

Counter protesters and racists clashed over the weekend, and 32-year-old Heather Heyer was killed when a reported white supremacist plowed a vehicle into a group of counter protesters.

Alene Tchekmedyian is a Los Angeles Times writer.

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