Commissioner: Madison County to continue seeking state’s OK to move Confederate monument

WAAY 31 obtained an email from Alabama’s Monument Protection Committee to Madison County. It says the only way to legally move a monument older than 40 years is with permission from the attorney general.

Posted: Jul 13, 2020 8:27 PM

This week, more protests are planned to move Confederate Monuments across North Alabama, including one in front of the Madison County Courthouse.

An email from Alabama’s Monument Protection Committee to Madison County says the only way to legally move a monument older than 40 years is with permission from the attorney general.

Attorney General Steve Marshall said that’s not happening.

Phil Vandiver, the Madison County Commissioner over district 4, said the county plans on trying anyway.

"If you've got Huntsville City Council and we're all in agreement to move it I think that's the perfect opportunity for them to look at it and say, that's a reasonable request for a waiver and let's move forward with it," Vandiver said.

Marshall already fined Birmingham and Mobile $25,000 each for moving similar monuments.

"We want to try every legal avenue that we have available to us until we run out of legal avenues and then we make a decision where we go then," Vandiver said.

Local activists say they saw this coming and already raised enough money to pay the fine.

"We kind of, we anticipated that that would happen so not really a surprise," Remus Bowden, with the Tennessee Progressive Alliance, said.

Bowden believes the commission is delaying and making excuses on why it can't move the monument

"The commissioners want to go through the proper legal channels so that they can have on record that they did everything possible legally to get it done,' he said. 'On the second hand, it's just an excuse to not do what is right, to follow the laws and use it as a guise to say we've done everything we could but we're gonna have to follow the laws." 

Vandiver said he can understands Bowden’s point of view, but assures everyone that's not what is going on

"I know everyone on that commission and I know them well. i believe we're all wanting to move forward to get this moved legally," he said.

The way the law is written, the only legal way is permission from the attorney general. The Tennessee Valley Progressive Alliance plans on protesting Tuesday afternoon in front of the monument. The attorney general did not respond to a request for comment.

Huntsville/Redstone
Cloudy
43° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 37°
Muscle Shoals
Cloudy
42° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 32°
Feels Like: 35°
Huntsville/Madison
Cloudy
41° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 33°
Decatur
Cloudy
42° wxIcon
Hi: 51° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 36°
Fort Payne
Cloudy
41° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 35°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 414583

Reported Deaths: 5945
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson60842887
Mobile29590538
Madison26466183
Tuscaloosa20537267
Montgomery18562304
Shelby18181112
Baldwin15841177
Lee1212097
Morgan12002112
Etowah11488142
Calhoun10863197
Marshall10048106
Houston8405123
Cullman792294
Limestone785073
Elmore7670101
DeKalb757282
St. Clair7417120
Lauderdale740282
Talladega6036108
Walker5834176
Jackson571937
Colbert522270
Blount521980
Autauga507555
Coffee431456
Dale388278
Franklin362145
Chilton332965
Covington325567
Russell318910
Escambia309842
Dallas297988
Chambers275769
Clarke272933
Tallapoosa2591107
Pike245829
Lawrence239345
Marion238649
Winston222535
Bibb211347
Geneva196331
Marengo196329
Pickens195331
Hale172542
Barbour169636
Butler166958
Fayette164026
Cherokee158330
Henry149219
Monroe143617
Randolph137635
Washington135426
Clay124446
Crenshaw117444
Lamar116819
Cleburne115123
Macon111935
Lowndes107935
Wilcox99921
Bullock97128
Perry95019
Conecuh92820
Sumter89126
Greene75123
Coosa59814
Choctaw50824
Out of AL00
Unassigned00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 670482

Reported Deaths: 8232
CountyCasesDeaths
Shelby747611088
Davidson69030648
Knox37822389
Hamilton33776322
Rutherford32471281
Unassigned22060125
Williamson20903138
Sumner17850228
Out of TN1566277
Wilson14171152
Montgomery13874145
Sullivan12293207
Washington11674191
Blount11537120
Maury10746120
Bradley1050091
Sevier10243103
Putnam9730131
Madison8949175
Robertson743385
Hamblen6779106
Anderson6623101
Greene6459108
Tipton605663
Gibson5534109
Coffee551381
Dickson524777
Cumberland523571
Bedford520785
Roane507677
Carter5017108
Lawrence500169
McMinn498572
Warren487553
Loudon481549
Dyer466481
Jefferson460975
Monroe442062
Hawkins433367
Franklin399956
Obion393974
Fayette385551
Rhea371755
Lincoln371044
Cocke336655
Weakley336048
Marshall333136
Cheatham328528
Henderson328253
Giles315071
Campbell314639
Hardeman304351
White304342
Carroll300159
Hardin293546
Lauderdale288731
Macon282850
Wayne258219
Henry253957
Overton246942
DeKalb237340
Haywood234644
McNairy231642
Smith228427
Trousdale227814
Marion220031
Scott219731
Hickman218134
Fentress208430
Grainger202134
Claiborne198721
Johnson194830
Morgan183613
Crockett178938
Bledsoe171110
Chester169836
Unicoi162843
Cannon153419
Lake153019
Decatur145124
Grundy137420
Polk137317
Union136121
Sequatchie132518
Humphreys129817
Benton129634
Lewis126020
Meigs110716
Stewart103020
Jackson102520
Perry93224
Houston92522
Clay90626
Moore7858
Pickett66119
Van Buren6397
Hancock3936

Community Events