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Another Confederate statue sparks debate in Mississippi

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Opponents and supporters are speaking out about a Confederate monument at a Mississippi courthouse.

The Oxford Eagle reports that people expressed opinions to Lafayette County supervisors during a public meeting Tuesday. Supervisors did not vote on whether to remove the Confederate soldier statue that has stood on the square in Oxford since 1907.

Effie Burt of Oxford says her grandparents' family was run out of Lafayette County decades ago because one of her relatives refused to take orders from a white man. She says Confederate monuments should be put in a museum.

Another Oxford resident, Danny Toma, says the monument honors local men who died defending their homes. He says many did not own slaves.

Confederate monuments are under increasing scrutiny across the South, including other parts of Mississippi.

Information from: Oxford Eagle, http://www.oxfordeagle.com

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