MONTGOMERY, Ala. – On Friday morning, the Alabama Legislature gave final approval to Senator Gerald Allen’s (R-Tuscaloosa) Memorial Preservation Act, which will protect historic monuments and memorials from thoughtless destruction.
“Unfortunately, in cities like New Orleans we are seeing a wave of political correctness wipe out monuments to historically significant, if often flawed, people,” Allen said. “Where does it end? Are all parts of American history subject to purging, until every Ivy League professor is satisfied and the American story has been re-written as nothing but a complete fraud and a betrayal of our founding values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?”
Allen’s proposal establishes a standing committee to hear waiver requests from cities and counties, while historic artifacts under the control of museums, archives, libraries, and universities are specifically exempt from the prohibition against removal or alteration.
“Let’s stop this absurd destruction of monuments that offend the tender sensibilities of any person, anywhere, and preserve our history – the good and the bad – for our children and grandchildren to learn from,” Allen remarked.
Senate Bill 60 now goes to Governor Kay Ivey for her signature.
Senator Gerald Allen represents District 21 in the Alabama State Senate, which is comprised of all or parts of Tuscaloosa, Pickens, and Lamar Counties. He is chairman of the Senate Transportation and Energy Committee. Follow him on Twitter for his latest legislative updates: @SenGeraldAllen