COLUMBIA, Mo. – A nearly 6-ton rock honoring Confederate soldiers from the Civil War is being removed from Boone County’s courthouse lawn in the wake of a massacre at a black church in South Carolina.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the Boone County Commission unanimously approved a plan Thursday to move the 11,000-pound Confederate Rock to the site of the September 1864 Battle of Centralia.
The rock has sat in front of the county courthouse since 1975, when controversy forced it from the University of Missouri campus, where it was first dedicated in 1935.
It drew renewed attention after the June 17 shootings that killed nine people at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The accused gunman was seen in photos witht the Confederate battle flag.