The Hollywood Forever Cemetery will get rid of a memorial to Confederate veterans buried at the site, thanks in part to risks of vandalism, in addition to requests from activists, according to a Tuesday report in the Los Angeles Times.
Since 1925, the 6-foot monolith has stood in the Confederate section of the cemetery, where more than 30 Confederate veterans, together with their households, are buried. The monument will be taken to a storage site within the next 24 hours, cemetery authorities stated, but the serious markers will remain.This week, Hollywood Forever was fielding as many as 60 calls and emails a day from people requesting the cemetery eliminate the monument, said Tyler Cassity, the cemetery’s president and co-owner. A Change.org petition requiring its elimination drew more than 1,300 signatures.On Tuesday, somebody
vandalized the granite boulder monument, Cassity stated, using a black marker to compose “No” across its bronze plaque.The memorial is in fact owned by the Long Beach chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. The cemetery director connected to them, according to the Times, and they agreed to take the monolith down.The monolith was mainly unknown until the Times published an op-ed last week,”Los Angeles has a Confederate memorial issue.”The author in fact argued for the memorial to stay, as a pointer that California did not get away the racial problems of the past:”This western memorial, nevertheless, will likely endure– as well it should. It works as a required restorative to a self-congratulatory pressure in the stories Californians tell about themselves. “The attack on all symbols of the Confederacy is not limited to gravesites in Hollywood.
Activists have likewise required that HBO cancel an upcoming series by the developers of the hit Video game of Thrones franchise that pictures exactly what America would have been like if the Confederacy had actually won the CivilWar.