Confederate statues would be removed from national parks in Gettysburg, elsewhere under Minn. lawmaker’s bill

By: - August 28, 2020 1:40 pm

GETTYSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA – AUGUST 11: A statue of Union Major General Henry Warner Slocum stands on Stevens Knoll at the Gettysburg National Military Park on August 11, 2020 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (Getty Images)

WASHINGTON —  A Democratic member of Congress from Minnesota is gaining traction with her push to force the federal government to get rid of Confederate statues and memorials in national parks, as as opposition to the public display of Confederate symbols grows.

U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn, who leads the House subcommittee that oversees spending for the Interior Department, included language in the agency’s fiscal 2021 spending bill that would require the National Park Service to remove from public view all Confederate statues, monuments and plaques.

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