Wooden Box Erected to Protect Confederate Statue in D.C. Suburbs

August 4, 2015 11:30 am

After a Confederate monument in Rockville Md., was painted with the phrase, “Black Lives Matter,” Montgomery County officials on Friday built a wooden box around the statue for protection until they can move it from the city, according to The Washington Post.

Officials have also erected a security light near the statue of the Confederate soldier, which was spray-painted a week before the wooden box was put in place.

A few weeks after the June shooting at a historic black church in South Carolina reignited the debate over Confederate symbols, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett decided to remove the statue from Rockville, according to Washington, D.C. CBS affiliate WUSA.

Yet, the county can only move the statue with permission from the Rockville Historic District Commission, which will consider the statue’s removal in September, according to The Washington Post. The statue was erected in 1913 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Correction: This post originally identified Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett as Ike Levitt.

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