Tennessee city adds statue for Black Civil War soldiers
FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — Four years ago, a deadly white supremacist riot in Virginia led pastors in Franklin, Tennessee, to call for the removal of a Confederate monument in their town square.
A lawsuit and political maneuverings made that impractical, but a local nonprofit leader had a different idea.
Instead of taking the statue down, a new statue and historical markers could tell a fuller story of the Civil War — including the horrors of slavery and the Black soldiers who fought to end it.
The Tennessean reports that effort led to the unveiling this weekend of a statue honoring the United States Colored Troops, a segregated part of the Union Army during the Civil War.
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