A six-foot monument that has stood in a Confederate section of the Hollywood Forever Cemetery for almost 100 years is now coming down, cemetery officials have reported.
All it took to get rid of the monument, first erected in 1925, was a Change.org petition calling for its removal, vandalism with a black marker, and a few death threats received.
The monument stands in a section of the cemetery where over 30 Confederate soldiers and their families are buried and went largely unnoticed by the public until The Los Angeles Times published an opinion editorial this month and highlighted the monument’s existence in the cemetery.
A Change.org petition that ultimately gained over 1,300 signatures was started calling for the removal of the monument, and the Hollywood Forever Cemetery started receiving as many as 60 calls and emails daily from people demanding its removal, the LA Times reported.
The monument is owned by the Long Beach chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. On Tuesday, it was vandalized when someone used a black marker to write “No” across the bronze plaque.
Cemetery president and co-owner Tyler Cassity said he reached out to the Daughters of the Confederacy over the threats and vandalism, and they announced it would be removed within 24 hours.
A spokeswoman for the Daughters of the Confederacy, who wished to remain anonymous, stated, “We weep for the people who are involved in all of the things that are going on in our country — on both sides. We find hatred among white supremacists, we find hatred among Black Lives Matter. We should all come together and become one under the United States of America.”
In the past, the organization has already bowed to the cemetery’s requests regarding their annual memorial service, including eliminating the reenactments, guns and Confederate flags from their events. Cassity said it was “disturbing to our visitors.”
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