Birmingham: Structure hiding Confederate monument is legal
Sep. 21, 2017
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The city of Birmingham is asking a judge to dismiss the state of Alabama's lawsuit challenging a plywood screen that was built to hide a Confederate monument in a downtown park.
A motion filed by the city denies that the box-like structure violates a new state law prohibiting the removal or alteration of historic monuments.
The request also says the state can't enforce a $25,000-a-day fine that's included in the law for anyone who tampers with a historic memorial.
The state hasn't yet responded to the city's motion, filed late Tuesday. A county judge has scheduled a hearing for Nov. 8.
City workers installed a wooden wall around a memorial to rebel soldiers and sailors days after deadly violence over a Confederate monument in Charlottesville, Virginia.