Remember When the anti-Southern Bigots complained that monumnets and flags belonged at and in museums. These monuments were. They’ll never be satisfied – DD
(Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/John Sykes Jr.) A lawsuit filed against the city of Little Rock this week claims that the removal of the base of a monument honoring Confederate soldiers from its location in MacArthur Park violated a 2021 state law.
Additionally, the complaint argues that because the monument had not been placed in a new location by the end of December, Little Rock was in breach of a 2020 agreement between the city and the state.
“Memorial to Company A, Capital Guards” featured a bronze statue of a Confederate soldier atop a pedestal. It was erected in 1911 as part of a reunion of Confederate veterans.
In June 2020, amid nationwide racial-justice protests, the base of the monument was vandalized with a varnish-like substance. The city of Little Rock removed the bronze statue days later. The base was boarded up and in 2021 it was removed, too.
In addition to the monument to Company A, two other markers tied to the Confederacy — a granite block and a bench — were ultimately removed from MacArthur Park.
Attorney Joey McCutchen of Fort Smith filed the complaint Tuesday in Pulaski County Circuit Court on behalf of plaintiff James Frank Clark III. The complaint describes Clark as a Little Rock resident and taxpayer.
The base of the monument was removed around May 3, 2021, according to the complaint, which argues that the city’s action violated a 2021 state law that took effect April 28, 2021…City of Little Rock sued over removal of Confederate monument from MacArthur Park