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West Michigan township board votes to keep controversial statue

Dustin Dwyer
Michigan Radio
The Allendale Charter Township board of trustees meets Tuesday.

A controversial statue that shows a confederate soldier will remain in a West Michigan park.

The Board of Trustees for Allendale Township voted Tuesday night to keep the statue.

About 100 people attended the meeting. Dozens spoke during public comment periods.

Faith Kuipers spoke after the board of trustees voted.

“I’d like for the board to know that I’m very disappointed," she said. "You may have voted tonight but the fight isn’t over."

The board of trustees decided to create a new committee to consider revamping the statues in the park, but not remove the statue that shows a confederate soldier.

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Dustin Dwyer reports enterprise and long-form stories from Michigan Radio’s West Michigan bureau. He was a fellow in the class of 2018 at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. He’s been with Michigan Radio since 2004, when he started as an intern in the newsroom.