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Confederate marker outside Worthington home removed by city

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- The City of Worthington, along with a private property owner's consent, has removed a marker commemorating where a Confederate general was born.

The marker, which had been there since 2004, recognized the birthplace of Confederate Brigadier General Roswell Sabin Ripley, who helped get Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina, ready during the opening shots of the Civil War in 1861. He was also a decorated war hero in the Mexican-American War.

A spokesperson for Worthington said the decision was made, because the city "seeks to be a community that promotes tolerance, respect and inclusion."

They added the city will discuss with the community the best way to represent Worthington's ties to the Civil War, which include underground railroad "stations" and Union soldiers who fought in the Battle of Shiloh, along with its ties to Ripley.

The decision comes as there has been growing debate about the future of Confederate statues, monuments, and markers across the country. Several cities have removed them because they felt it promotes white supremacy.

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