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File #: 48643    Version: Name: AMENDED - Establishing a Plan for the Confederate Monuments in Forest Hill Cemetery
Type: Resolution Status: Reconsidered Business
File created: 8/30/2017 In control: COMMON COUNCIL
On agenda: 5/1/2018 Final action: 5/1/2018
Enactment date: Enactment #: RES-18-00268
Title: AMENDED - Establishing a Plan for the Confederate Monuments in Forest Hill Cemetery.
Sponsors: Shiva Bidar
Attachments: 1. 4/10/18 Council Meeting: Potential Amendments.pdf, 2. 4/9/18 Confederate Resolution Procedural Memo.pdf, 3. Monument Report.pdf, 4. Forest Hill Photos.pdf, 5. 33 -- A - 1 Speedway Road - Forest Hill Cemetary .pdf, 6. 1906 Newspaper Articles.pdf, 7. 1980 & 1981 Newspaper Articles.pdf, 8. AHA Statement on Confederate Monuments.pdf, 9. Atlanta History Center - Status Quo Not an Option Intro & Template.pdf, 10. Book Scan.pdf, 11. Confederate Burials - Center for Civil War Research.pdf, 12. Confederate Rest Historic Madison - Gajewski.pdf, 13. Confederate Rest Monument Media Coverage.pdf, 14. confederatestatement 817.pdf, 15. ForestHillRulesRegs.pdf, 16. Foresthillstatement. 817.pdf, 17. Opinion 2016-002 Confederate Flag Memo (Final).pdf, 18. Planning Magazine - Dec 2017 Goodman.pdf, 19. SPLCwhose_heritage.pdf, 20. Joint Meeting Confederate Monuments 01302018.pdf, 21. New York Times Article, 22. Public Comment Emails.pdf, 23. 1.30.18 Joint Meeting Registration Statements.pdf, 24. Confederate Monuments in FH-Public Comments.pdf, 25. Landmarks - 3-19-18 - 60 Minutes Confederate Monuments Report, 26. 48643 - Landmarks STAFF REPORT 3-19-18.pdf, 27. Landmarks BOPC action 3-14-18.pdf, 28. 48643 - Landmarks Levitan Photos.pdf, 29. 48643 - Landmarks - Email from Carl Landsness.pdf, 30. 48643 LC Report 03-19-18.pdf, 31. Version 1 48643.pdf, 32. 48643 Ahrens v3.pdf
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsWatch
5/1/20182 COMMON COUNCIL ReconsiderFail Action details Not available
4/17/20182 COMMON COUNCIL Reconsider and refer to a future meetingPass Action details Not available
4/10/20181   Adopt the Following Amendment(s)  Action details Not available
4/10/20182 COMMON COUNCIL Amend AlternateFail Action details Not available
4/10/20182 COMMON COUNCIL Adopt With Amendment(s)Pass Action details Not available
4/10/20182 COMMON COUNCIL Adopt the Following Amendment(s)Pass Action details Not available
3/19/20181 LANDMARKS COMMISSION Return to Lead with the Following Recommendation(s)Pass Action details Not available
3/14/20181 BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO ADOPT - REPORT OF OFFICERPass Action details Not available
3/8/20181 EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES COMMISSION Return to Lead with the Following Recommendation(s)Pass Action details Not available
2/8/20181 EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES COMMISSION    Action details Not available
1/30/20181 BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS Re-referPass Action details Not available
1/30/20181 EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES COMMISSION    Not available Not available
1/30/20181 LANDMARKS COMMISSION Re-referPass Action details Not available
9/5/20171 BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS Referred  Action details Not available
9/5/20171 BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS Referred  Action details Not available
9/5/20171 COMMON COUNCIL ReferPass Action details Not available
8/30/20171 Mayor's Office Referred for Introduction  Action details Not available
Fiscal Note
The proposed resolution calls on the Parks Commission and Equal Opportunities Commission to meet jointly to development recommendations regarding Confederate monuments in the Forest Hills Cemetery. The proposed resolution does not have a fiscal impact; however, recommendations to remove the monuments or construct new monuments may require a budget amendment.
Title
AMENDED - Establishing a Plan for the Confederate Monuments in Forest Hill Cemetery.
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WHEREAS, the City of Madison opened Forest Hill Cemetery in 1857, and continues to own and operate the Cemetery today; and,

WHEREAS, in 1862, 140 prisoners of the Confederate States of America being housed at the Union Army stockade at Camp Randall died and were ultimately buried in Forest Hills Cemetery in what is now known as the “Confederate Rest Area”; and,

WHEREAS, the Confederate Rest Area remains City owned and the gravesites and monuments contained in and around the area are owned by, and maintained by, the City; and,

WHEREAS, following the end of the Civil War in 1865 and the abolition of slavery, the freed slaves, others persons of color and their descendants faced a whole new system of legal, economic and social oppression in the form of Black Codes, or Jim Crow Laws. These laws, enacted throughout the south, and to some degree in the north, were designed to keep intact the subjugation of blacks. Even fifty-three years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the impacts of these laws are still being felt in America; and,

WHEREAS, sometime in the early 1930s, the United Daughters of the Confederacy were allowed to donate and erect a stone monument in the Confederate Rest Area in honor of those buried there (the “UDC Monument”); and,

WHEREAS, the Southern Poverty Law Center lists the United Daughters of the Confederacy as a neo-Confederate group, and the group itself, through the erection of monuments throughout the United States, subscribes to the “Lost Cause” movement, which attempts t...

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