Town to allow memorial bricks for Confederates

Associated Press – June 10, 2009 8:25 AM ET

JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee’s oldest town will allow memorial bricks for Confederate soldiers to be placed in a park.

The Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted Monday night to allow inclusion at Veterans Park of bricks bearing the names of Washington County soldiers who fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War.

The town initially declined orders for granite bricks to be inscribed with names of soldiers who fought for the South.

WJHL-TV in Johnson City reported City Attorney James Wheeler said as the owner of the park, the city was free to decide the issue. The board immediately voted for inclusion.

Sons of Confederate Veterans Brigade Commander David Roberts told the station those veterans’ sons and grandsons were among the U.S. soldiers who fought in World War I and World War II.

Information from: WJHL-TV, http://www.wjhl.com/

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