In the aftermath of the violent Charlottesville demonstrations, Hollywood Forever Cemetery has actually chosen to get rid of a 6-foot-tall Confederate monument early Wednesday morning.The monolith
honors 30 Confederate soldiers and their households who transferred to Southern California after the Civil War. It was eliminated at 4 a.m., inning accordance with NBC 4.
“We got the most calls about people desiring the monument taken down. And we explained to them we were investigating the legal elements of it,” said cemetery co-owner Tyler Cassity to KPCC media partner NBC 4. “Some individuals said if you do not take it down, we will. We did have also some vandalism. Somebody took a black marker and composed ‘No’ throughout the monument.”
Theodore Hovey, Household Service Counselor at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, informed KPCC that the monolith is believed to be the only monument to the Confederacy in California. He said that due to current events in Charlottesville and “the environment in the country,” the cemetery chose it was best to eliminate the monolith.
“It is open to the general public throughout the day time so there were issues that it might be too incendiary a presence for us to keep the peace and serenity in the cemetery,” Hovey said.The monolith is owned by the Long Beach chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. It has served as the centerpiece of Confederate memorial events for years, although no flags are allowed there.A representative for Children of the Confederacy discussed her feelings. She wishes to stay confidential for fear of retaliation.”All we wanted was peace, quiet as we had for numerous years,”she said.”But the cemetery … cemeteries need to be respected. “The monolith will be put into storage later Wednesday.Kevin Waite, an assistant teacher of American history at Durham University in the United Kingdom
, spoke with Alex Cohen on Morning Edition. Waite has actually written a book about slavery and the Civil War in the American west, however he likewise composed an editorial in the L.A. Times arguing that the monolith at Hollywood Forever need to remain. He said L.A. has historical ties to the Confederacy.”The history goes all the way back to a minimum of 1850, when California was a relatively pro-slavery state in its political leanings despite banning slavery in its constitution 1850. At the break out of the Civil War, there was a fair bit of Confederate agitation in L.A. in particular,” he stated. “Over the course of the war, about 250 Angelenos left L.A. for the Confederacy, and after that a number more stayed in the state and sort of upset behind Confederate lines. As a result, Union forces constructed a fort simply south of LA called drum barracks to sort of tamp down on this Confederate activity in the area.”To hear the rest of Alex’s conversation with Kevin Waite and his ideas on the Hollywood Forever monolith, click on the play button above.With contributions from Riley Beggin The very best SoCal news in your inbox, daily.Catch up each afternoon with KPCC’s Brief List newsletter.