Petition to remove the Confederate statue in Downtown Cleveland


CLEVELAND, Tenn (WDEF) – Confederate statues across the United States are being removed as equal rights protests continue around the world.

In downtown Cleveland stands a 1910 memorial dedicated to confederate soldiers.

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The statue stands directly in front of Lee University at the intersection of broad, ocoee, and 8th street.

Now a student of the university is asking for the city to have the statue removed from the area and into a more appropriate place.

Kelsey Elaine says the statue should be in a location where history and education are at the forefront.

“I don’t want that statue to be held in a place of honor or anything like that. I would prefer it be in an educational setting where people can look at it and say okay this is where our history was and our heritage but  we are moving on to something else,” says Kelsey Elaine, started petition.

For a link to the petition click here


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Joeli Poole joined the WDEF News 12 Team in April 2019 as a Reporter and Producer. You can find her reporting during the week and when not on camera; she's producing the 6 and 11 shows. Joeli grew up with a love for reporting, starting in middle school. She has been the anchor for her middle and high school TV stations, along with the Sports Anchor for her College TV Station. Joeli grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and moved to Tennessee when she 10 years old. She went to Cleveland Middle school and Walker Valley High School. She graduated in May of 2019 from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a bachelor's degree in Communications. Being from the area, Joeli loves being able to help tell the stories of her community. In her spare time, Joeli enjoys watching her LSU Tigers, hiking, and playing with her dog. Feel free to email any story ideas at