Hamilton County Commission rejects removing confederate statue from courthouse

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CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – After weeks of discussion, Hamilton County commissioners finally take a vote on the future of a confederate statue at the courthouse.

They voted 6-2 against removing it.

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The bust of Confederate General Alexander P. Stewart has been on the courthouse lawn since 1919.

But after the Charlottesville white supremacist rallies and assault, local citizens have asked for the statue’s removal from county property.

The NAACP formally issued the request, and former city councilman Yusuf Hakeem represented the organization and their appeal this morning.

But after his plea, the commissioners voted to reject it.