Confederate plaque in city officially marked for immediate removal


Leftist and historical revisionists are now clamoring to locate and destroy every Confederate monument in America.

To that end, a plaque honoring Gen. Robert E. Lee that has been affixed to a maple tree outside a Brooklyn church for more than 100 years is being removed after the violent rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend renewed concerns over Confederate symbols and statues.

Diocese officials announced on Tuesday that they would be removing the plaque. “I think it is the responsible thing for us to do,” said Bishop Lawrence Provenzano of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island. “People for whom the Civil War is such a critical moment — and particularly the descendants of former slaves — shouldn’t walk past what they believe is a church building and see a monument to a Confederate general.”

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Fort Hamilton, which is home to the plaque, has been closed since 2014 — but the maple tree has remained. The Episcopal Diocese of Long Island owns the sanctuary and is reportedly selling it.

Lee planted a maple tree where the plaque is located during his time as a military engineer at the US Army base at Fort Hamilton in the 1840s. Historians say that the Confederate general was one of the several military men who worshiped at St. John’s in a nearby structure that predated the current building.

The New York Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy later installed the plaque on church grounds in 1912 — nearly 50 years after Lee led the Confederate Army during the Civil War.

“This Tree Was Planted by General Robert Edward Lee While Stationed at Fort Hamilton from 1842 to 1847,” the plaque reads. “The Tree Has Been Restored and This Tablet Placed Upon It by the New York Chapter United Daughters of the Confederacy. April 1912.”

Provenzano said that church workers will be removing the plaque on Wednesday.

Church officials have had to replace the tree at least twice in the past after the first tree died. Provenzano told Newsday that the current one is a “descendant” of the original.

A second plaque — erected by the United Daughters of the Confederacy — is also affixed to the tree, with a note explaining how it’s a replacement. It will also be taken down on Wednesday, officials said.

On Tuesday, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim civil rights group that was listed by the U.S. government in 2009 as helping provide funding to the terror group Hamas, issued its own demands for all Confederate monuments and memorials in the United States to be torn down.

Following the violent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend, including a vehicle attack that killed one woman and injured 19 others, many groups have launched attacks against the “Unite the Right” organization, whose planned peaceful rally turned into city-wide rioting and violence, as many out-of-town protesters descended upon the event.

Under the cover of darkness in the middle of the night, Baltimore officials directed the removal of four Confederate statues from its city on Wednesday, just days after violent protests erupted in Charlottesville, Va., over the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

After a year of indecision, the Baltimore City Council voted Monday to immediately remove four Confederate statues from public parks around the city, The Baltimore Sun reported. Early Wednesday, police accompanied the crews that removed the statues from their bases, loaded them onto flatbed trucks and hauled them away.

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