Selma Activist Arrested as City Council Approves Lawsuit Settlement


By George McDonald

From the West Alabama Newsroom--  A settlement is reached in the lawsuit over a construction project at a confederate memorial site in Selma.

The Selma City Council approves the terms of the settlement with KTK Mining at a meeting last night. The city will deed the acre of land in Old Live Oak Cemetery known as Confederate Circle to the United Daughters of the Confederacy and KTK Mining will receive $100,000 dollars in damages.

The company was working on a project to improve the confederate memorial site -- and improve security around a monument to Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest. The city stopped construction after a group opposed to the Forrest monument began protesting.

Selma attorney John Kelly was one of the attorneys representing KTK Mining.

"The monument will actually be moved back to its original condition and location in its place there will be another monument that will be constructed honoring the Battle of Selma," said Kelly.

The terms of the settlement were passed by a 5 to 3 vote of the council.

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