Confederate monuments are falling across the nation, but in Philly a memorial to Southern troops still stands

PHILADELPHIA — Confederate monuments and statues are coming down across America, scores of them gone in just the last few months.But not in Philadelphia, where a memorial to Southern war dead has stood for more than a century in the National Cemetery in West Oak Lane.Its dedication in 1912 — on the 42nd anniversary of the passing of Gen. Robert E. Lee — aimed to obscure the pro-slavery cause of the Confederacy, and to recast the fight of the Southerners who lay nearby as true to the ideals of the Founding Fathers.The thick granite block stands 9 feet, 6 inches tall, and bears the names of 184 …

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