INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett announced Thursday that the city would remove a Confederate monument from Garfield Park.
The Indianapolis Star reported that the monument is dedicated to soldiers who died at a Union prison camp that was in Indianapolis during the Civil War.
“Our streets are filled with voices of anger and anguish, testament to centuries of racism directed at Black Americans,” Hogsett said in a statement the newspaper received. “We must name these instances of discrimination and never forget our past – but we should not honor them. Whatever original purpose this grave marker might once have had, for far too long it has served as nothing more than a painful reminder of our state’s horrific embrace of the Ku Klux Klan a century ago.”
During the 1920s, the Klan held effective control of state government.
The monument was originally at the site of the camp. The Star reported that it was moved to Garfield Park in 1928 by officials who were active in the Klan who wanted to “make the monument more visible to the public.”
“Time is up, and this grave marker will come down,” Hogsett told the Star. He has said that it belongs in a museum, but no organization has stepped up to accept that responsibility.
Officials told the newspaper they are looking for funding for the estimated $50,000 to $100,000 it would cost to bring it down.