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South Mississippians weigh in on a confederate monument

Harrison County has a Confederate monument that sits outside the courthouse. It has been in the county since 1911. Most of those coming and going from the courthouse Thursday thought it should stay. (Photo source: WLOX) Harrison County has a Confederate monument that sits outside the courthouse. It has been in the county since 1911. Most of those coming and going from the courthouse Thursday thought it should stay. (Photo source: WLOX)
HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

The Confederate flag is coming down in South Carolina and now New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is asking for Confederate monuments to be taken down. Some South Mississippians wonder why the controversy is now moving from flags to monuments.

"They shouldn't, why? Like I said you can't change history, you might as well just leave them up there," Kerry Chadwick said. "I mean, it's crazy. I'm not even originally from the South and I think it's crazy."

"I think it's terrible, I really do" Murell Stewart said. "Because to me it represents what these guys have done for us. It's just like now we have had Desert Storm. My son served over there and we have all these monuments in a park in Illinois and I don't want none of them to come down."

Harrison County has a Confederate monument that sits outside the courthouse. It has been in the county since 1911. Most of those coming and going from the courthouse Thursday thought it should stay.

"It doesn't offend me," Stevie Tillman said. "It doesn't change anything in my household or the way I teach my kids,  it's part of the southern heritage and they can keep them all up as far as I'm concerned."

"I believe the monument is part of history," Shelia Grisham said. "The flags I'm kind of on the fence about that, but the monuments need to stay.

"I like it," Chadwick said. "It's part of history; you cannot change history."

Of about a dozen people, only one had a different opinion on the monument.

"In my opinion a good place to move it would be to Beauvoir," Ricardo Thomas said.

Thomas believes that there's part of our history that is offensive to some people, so the items associated with the Confederacy should be placed in a museum, rather than in a public place.

"Depends on what you say the history of it is," Thomas said, "if you are talking about hatred, oppression and that kind of thing then, yes, I'm opposed to it."

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