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Michigan town to keep statue of Black child, South soldier

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steve carmody
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Michigan Radio

Leaders in a western Michigan community have voted to keep a statue of Confederate and Union Civil War soldiers with a Black child kneeling between them.

The Allendale Township board voted 5-2 Monday, despite a recommendation from a group that the statue be replaced by one with Union soldiers who are Black, Native American and white. Dozens of people attended the meeting, which was held outdoors at a park bandshell, 15 miles west of Grand Rapids.

Jody Hansen, township clerk and board member, says a majority of Allendale Township residents want to keep the statue.

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