Thursday, January 16, 2014

Land for Forrest Monumnet Approved

Selma leaders give up land in monument lawsuit

SELMA, Ala. (AP) — The protests of Selma residents weren't enough to keep city council from voting to give a one acre tract of land at a cemetery to a chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

The Selma Times-Journal reports that city leaders decided to relinquish control of the land in a 5-4 vote while residents protested during a meeting Tuesday.

The vote ends a lawsuit that Virginia-based KTK Mining filed against the city after leaders revoked a building permit for a memorial to confederate general and former Ku Klux Klan member Nathan Bedford Forrest.

The newspaper reports that police led protesters out of the meeting and they continued singing, chanting and banging on the doors from outside the room.

A settlement also requires the city to pay the company $100,000.