Voices rang through the streets of downtown Albertville as the third protest at the Albertville Courthouse regarding the removal of the Confederate Monument and flag took place a little after 4 p.m. Wednesday in front of the courthouse steps.
An “open table conversation” about the Confederacy started the afternoon as each respective party had 5 minutes to support or discuss their views about the Confederacy.
Anna Katherynn Quick, a 2017 graduate of Albertville High School and Carl Jones, a division commander for the Alabama Sons of Confederate Veterans, started the table conversation.
“The first state to succeed was South Carolina on December 20, 1860,” said Quick, with papers in hand as she continued the open table discussion with the Battle of Fort Sumter and then led into questions for the opposing side to answer.
Jones, did his best to answer each question in his respected time frame and also gave the opposing side information they had not heard before.
“There were numerous black slave owners and there were numerous black slaves,” said Jones.
Unique Morgan Dunston, head organizer for the group, “Say My Name Alabama” was also present for the event.
“So the first person who ever owned a slave in America, they were Black?” Dunston asked Jones during the discussion.
“That is correct. The very first person that we know of,” he said. “The Public Broadcasting System brought that out. That goes back to the 1600’s I believe, possibly 1619.”
The open discussion continued as other members of the community joined in from each side until words were spoken that caused discord and the open discussion came to a halt.
After putting up the tables and each respective side reassembling, the rally continued on the Courthouse steps and the front lawn.
Chants of “Who’s Steps Are These?” and “All Lives Matter!” continued as signs and flags waved from each side.
The protest continued until 9 p.m.
Say My Name Alabama has vowed to protest at the Confederate monument every Wednesday that the County Commission meets.
They also have speakers attending each Commission meeting urging the Commission to move the monument. In the past, they have suggested it be moved to a cemetery or a museum.