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Arizona Confederate monuments removed, to be relocated to private property for repair

Arizona Confederate Monument - Wesley Bolin Plaza
Posted at 5:18 PM, Jul 22, 2020

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.

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.