PHOENIX — Two state agencies announced Wednesday, at the request of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, two of their confederate monuments will be relocated to private property, including the one in downtown Phoenix.
The Arizona Department of Administration (ADOA) and Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) announced the move Wednesday in response to a request from the United Daughters of the Confederacy, a private organization that originally placed the monuments on state property, to have the monuments returned to them.
The organization says the monuments are in need of repair, but due to the current political climate, it is unsafe to repair them in their current locations.
Officials say the monuments will be relocated to private property at no cost to the state.
#BREAKING Two state agencies announce, at the request of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, two of their confederate monuments will be moved to private property, including the one at Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza. Here is letter sent to Dept. of Administration 👇 pic.twitter.com/65Xg9WGACS— Mike Pelton (@MikePeltonABC15) July 22, 2020
The first monument was located at Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza in downtown Phoenix. The second monument was located near US-60 outside of Gold Canyon, AZ.
Both were removed overnight and into the early morning hours of Thursday.