Less than a week after former highway markers honoring Confederate President Jefferson Davis were defaced, members of the organization that maintains the site near Ridgefield have started the cleanup process. They say they have no intention of removing the monuments from Jefferson Davis Park along Interstate 5, but may add security features.
The monuments were splashed with paint and tar sometime Thursday night. A group of Portland activists claimed responsibility.
The monument site sits on private property, so nearby city and county officials can’t take down the markers — or the Confederate flags flying at Jefferson Davis Park — despite requests from some of the neighbors and the public.
Garth McKinney, first lieutenant commander of the Pacific Northwest Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, which maintains the park, wrote in an email to The Columbian that the group is a historical organization meant to honor veterans.
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