Enterprise man among two arrested at Confederate Memorial Day celebration
An Enterprise man is among two people arrested Monday during a Confederate Memorial Day commemoration held in Montgomery.
John Patrick Redmond is charged with possession of a firearm while attending a demonstration in the public place, according to WSFA television station. Also accused of the same crime is a Birmingham man.
A small group known as “Black Lives Matters” attended the event held at the Alabama State Capitol. News articles don’t specify whether Redmond is a member of the group.
Alabama is only one of a few states—the others are Mississippi and South Carolina- -that celebrate Confederate Memorial Day. It marks the surrender of Confederate Gen. Joseph Johnston and his army in 1865.
South Carolina holds a Confederate Memorial Day in May to commemorate the day Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson died.
This is the first year Georgia has not designated the day. Gov. Nathan Deal last year struck Confederate Memorial Day and Robert E. Lee’s birthday from the state’s official holiday calendar though most state workers are still given the day off.
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