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Southwest Ohio's Robert E. Lee Monument Now On Private Property


A small monument honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that sparked debate and was removed after the white supremacist rally in Charlottesille, Va., is now displayed on private property in southwestern Ohio.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports a Franklin Township trustee says the bronze plaque on a five-ton rock is now on property at a Fraternal Order of Eagles lodge.

Some Franklin Township residents became angry in 2017 after learning the 90-year-old marker originally along Dixie Highway was removed in August. That month, a woman was killed in Charlottesville by an Ohio man who drove his car through a crowd of anti-white supremacist protesters.

The incident sparked a reconsideration of Confederate monuments around the country, including in Ohio. An activist group planned to protest the Robert E. Lee marker, but a city crew in neighboring Franklin removed it first.

Franklin officials paid $2,000 to repair the plaque after it was damaged during removal.

That city subsequently returned it to Franklin Township, about 40 miles north of Cincinnati. The Eagles later agreed to put the marker on their property in Franklin.