The Confederate Monument, located on the Triangle Grounds in Yazoo City, is 24 feet tall on a base and pedestal of granite with bronze figures featuring a Confederate soldier and a woman holding a flag.  The unveiling took place in 1909 during a daylong celebration and parade.  This memorial is erected to perpetuate the memory of the noble courage and self-sacrificing devotion of the women of the Confederacy.

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  1. This is a sad and shameful celebration of a time where people were held against their will, babies sold from their mothers and treatment of a race of people as subhuman. However, the memory you choose to preserve is that of the “noble” confederate women? Shameful. Do better.

  2. The Yazoo monument is one of the most important historical artifacts in America. I use the word “artifact” because as a work of public art in commemoration of women, it is very rare in itself, but the inscription clearly defines the ethos of the ‘Lost Cause’ at the dawn of the 20th Century. There is no other monument like it anywhere in the United States and its priceless value is to the entire nation as a milestone of history, not only Mississippi or Yazoo City alone. I sincerely hope that the overheated discussions of our present time pose no threat to this monument.

  3. Please tear this down.

  4. My wife and I drove across the country this past year, and decided we would try not to use the Interstates – to visit places that are a little off the beaten track. Ultimately, this included Yazoo City. We enjoyed the beautiful library and some really good stickybuns, but a year later there’s one thing about Yazoo City that sticks out in my mind.

    I was watching a video that mentioned hate iconography, and I remembered your town because of your sculpture.

    As a general matter, I’m against glorifying the Confederacy. Both Jeff Davis and Lincoln ultimately said that the War was about slavery, and no one can make excuses about that. We noticed that this particular statute celebrates the women, but that just recognizes that both sexes supported and benefitted that aspect of the culture. I think Skip should recognize that this sculpture glorifies both the South and the slaver culture it perpetuated. It should be removed.

    I’m also against glorifying my Yankee heritage. My namesake served in the Union Army as both a Chaplain and a medical doctor, and I know it ruined his life. He sought solace in missionary work in Burma that ultimately led to his death. I would gladly remove every statute commemorating the Union’s victory to see these statutes removed.

    William M. Scott IV

  5. The note I wrote on May 16th (above), now seems prescient in light of the killing of Floyd George. While I could not have predicted the death of Mr. George, we all could see that more deaths would come, and should mourn the deaths not only of Mr. George, but those of all races who will be the victims of this scourge.

    In his second inaugural, Lincoln asked if we would have to suffer the Civil War “until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword.” So now I ask the supporters of this monument how many martyrs they will make?

  6. I’ve written to Mayor Delaware and the County Board of Supervisors on this issue, and encourage others to do the same. To be clear, the Board of Supervisors letter was only submitted yesterday, so they have not had the chance to respond or take action on the letter, but action on this statute is long overdue.

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