MONTGOMERY, Ala. – On Wednesday, State Senator Gerald Allen (R-Tuscaloosa) announced he will sponsor a plan during the upcoming session of the Alabama Legislature that begins on February 7 to protect Alabama’s historical monuments. The Alabama Memorial Preservation Act will protect state history for the benefit of future generations by prohibiting the removal, renaming, or alteration of any statue, memorial, or monument that is over fifty years old and located on public property, including state, county, and city properties.
“I am concerned about politically-correct efforts to erase entire portions of American history, and oftentimes these efforts to remove a statue or a monument are done in haste and without public knowledge,” Allen said. “I believe our children and grandchildren should remember history as it happened – the good and the bad.”
The Alabama Memorial Preservation Act will establish a standing committee to hear waiver requests from cities and counties, while artifacts under the control of museums, archives, libraries, and universities are specifically exempt from the prohibition against removal or alteration.
In 2016, Allen sponsored similar legislation that passed the State Senate, but his bill didn’t receive final passage in the House of Representatives before the session ended.
“I have had numerous discussions with other legislators, historians, and interested citizens, and this version will reflect their input. I am very confident the Memorial Preservation Act will receive final passage this year,” Allen remarked. “My intent is to preserve memorials to all of Alabama’s history – including the Civil War, the World Wars, and the Civil Rights movement – for generations to come.”
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