CLEVELAND, Tennessee (WDEF) – The group that actually owns the land on which a Confederate monument stands in Cleveland, Tennessee is refusing to allow its removal.
The statue of a Confederate soldier was put up in 1911 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy-Jefferson Davis Chapter 900.
The current president told the Cleveland Daily Banner this week that her organization will never compromise.
Thousands have signed an online petition to move it to a more appropriate location, like the Confederate section of Fort Hill Cemetery.
But others have rallied to support keeping it where it is.
Meanwhile, Councilman Bill Estes will propose a compromise next week.
He presented his plan on Tuesday in an OpEd piece in the Cleveland Daily Banner.
It involves moving a memorial statue to Union troops from the Fort Hill Cemetery to pair with the Confederate monument as a sign of reconciliation.
Dalton seems to be closer on a compromise over their statue of a Confederate general.
A petition drive has also requested a move, but the Confederate Daughter’s organization there seems more willing to go along with it.
The question now seems to be who would pay for it to be moved?