On this day in Alabama history: Alabama Confederate Monument dedicated

On this day in Alabama history: Alabama Confederate Monument dedicated
Confederate Memorial Monument, Montgomery, 2010. (The George F. Landegger Collection of Alabama Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

December 7, 1898

The 88-foot tall Alabama Confederate Monument was dedicated on Montgomery’s Capitol Hill. The elaborate ceremony included orations before the unveiling of each of the four granite figures and a tableau vivant enacted by 13 girls representing each of the Confederate states. The monument features a bronze figure of Patriotism atop a central column, a bronze pictorial narrative battle relief encircling the column, and four granite statues representing the infantry, artillery, cavalry and navy. In 2015, four Confederate flags surrounding the monument were removed by then-Gov. Robert Bentley amid growing controversy over the public display of Confederate symbols.

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