Confederate statue toppled over in west Columbus cemetery
The statue was in the Camp Chase Cemetery near the intersection of Sullivant Avenue and Chestershire Road.
There are about 2,200 confederate graves in the cemetery. Camp Chase was a training ground and camp during the civil war for union soldiers, but it also had a prison for captured confederate soldiers.
Police responded to the scene around 7 a.m. Tuesday. Police believe the statue was toppled sometime between late Monday afternoon and early Tuesday morning.
Neighbors said they found the statue on the ground this morning, with its head broken off.
This place is sacred. Regardless of whether its confederate soldiers or union soldiers," said Nicolas Gonzalez.
Gonzalez said he doesn't support memorializing the confederate side of the Civil War, but he does believe in honoring the confederates who fell there. He said he wants the statue back up.
Mayor Andrew Ginther released this statement:
“I understand that markers of the Confederacy bring pain to those fighting persistent racism in our community and across our country, but the destruction of property -- and the desecration of any grave site -- is unacceptable regardless who was interred. We must remain focused on productive, not destructive, action to bring about the change we seek and to further the fight for equality.”
The cemetery is owned and operated by the US Veterans Administration.