Robert E. Lee Monument To Be Placed On Private Property In Southwest Ohio

Oct 8, 2017


Franklin Township officials say a small monument honoring Confederate General Robert E. Lee that sparked debate will be placed on private property.

Township Trustee President Brian Morris said in a statement Friday that he wants to preserve the monument's history and decried the "threats and intimidation tactics" used by both sides during the debate. Some residents became angry when they learned the 90-year-old bronze marker along Dixie Highway had been removed in August after deadly violence during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The marker was removed by a city crew in neighboring Franklin, which controlled the location. The city subsequently returned the marker to Franklin Township, and paid for damage incurred during its removal.