West Michigan community plans to keep Confederate statue

ALLENDAEL TOWNSHIP, Michigan — There is finally a decision in a statue controversy that has been simmering for weeks in western Michigan.

Allendale Township officials decided not to remove a statue depicting a Union soldier, a Confederate soldier and a child slave.

Township supervisor Adam Elenbaas said yesterday he understood why the statue could be hurtful to the black community.

However, he added that the township council does not believe that is sufficient reason to take down the statue.

Elenbaas said: “What this means to them (the African American community) may be different than what it means to the people who put it in place 20 years ago, but it sparked some really good conversations. and I understand where they’re coming from.”

Protesters last week covered the controversial statue with a plastic bag and posted notes on it, calling it “racist”.

Elenbass confirmed that there are no current plans to seek changes.

The official vote to keep or remove the statue is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 7 p.m. at Allendale Town Hall.

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