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Robert E. Lee Monument Will Return To Warren County


Officials in Franklin Township say a marker honoring Confederate General Robert E. Lee will be returned to its Warren County site during a re-dedication ceremony.

Franklin Township trustee Brian Morris said at a meeting Wednesday that it hasn't been decided where the small stone marker would be relocated along the Dixie Highway

Some residents became angry when they learned the 90-year-old marker had been removed in August after deadly violence during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., over a statue honoring Lee. 

Organizers of the Greater Dayton Chapter of Showing Up For Racial Justice had been a strong voice against the monument, which was originally erected by the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

The marker was removed by a city crew in neighboring Franklin, which controlled the location, after city officials said it was a public safety hazard. Franklin subsequently returned the marker to Franklin Township.

The city of Franklin paid $2,000 to repair the marker's plaque after it was damaged during removal.

Following the violence in Charlottesville, several other Confederate monuments around Ohio were removed by public or private groups, including in front of a Worthington home and inside a park lodge. A statue of a Confederate soldier at Camp Chase Cemetery in Columbus was defaced in August, but it's yet to be repaired.