In Statue Debate, a Hurtful History Has the Final Word
A. Bowdoin Van Riper
The fiercest, bloodiest wars are those fought not over territory or a throne, but over a way of life.
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Selectmen Vote to Remove Plaques from Civil War Monument
Noah Asimow

At a public forum Tuesday night, Oak Bluffs selectmen unanimously agreed adopt the Martha’s Vineyard NAACP’s recommendation.

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Dedication Ceremonies
Vineyard Gazette
As we go to press the exercises attending the dedication of the Soldiers’ Memorial at Cottage City are in full progress. The fine weather, accompanied by a cool breeze from the northward, together with the noble aim of the events of the day, has brought together the largest body of people Cottage City has seen for years.
 
At 1 o’clock the several posts assembled at Grand Army Hall, Lake avenue. The line formed for parade on Siloam and Kedron avenues, right resting on Lake avenue, in the following order:
 
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Oak Bluffs to Hold Public Forum on Fate of Civil War Monument
Landry Harlan
An emotionally charged debate over whether two plaques on a Civil War monument in Oak Bluffs should stay or be removed remains unsettled.
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Civil War Statue Debate Dominates Oak Bluffs Meeting
Steve Myrick
In a sometimes tense, sometimes emotional debate, Oak Bluffs selectmen heard arguments for and against a request to remove plaques from a Civil War monument.
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Memorial Tablet Dedicated
Vineyard Gazette
While the dedication of the Confederate Memorial tablet was planned as a part of the Oak Bluffs Celebration, it seemed that the fates must have willed that a day be set apart for the ceremony alone, as the heavy electrical storm on Friday prevented the carrying out of any other part of the day’s program, other than the Fireman’s Parade which took place just before dark.
 
Owing to the sudden death of Judge Hillman, Herbert N. Hinckley was chosen as master of ceremonies, and read the speech which the Judge had prepared for the occasion.
 
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Opposes Placing of Confederate Name
Vineyard Gazette
Despite the protest of Grand Army Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief Wilfred A. Wetherbee against the placing of a Confederate veteran’s name on the Soldiers’ Monument at Oak Bluffs, representatives of the surviving member of the Henry Clay Wade Post, and the Woman’s Relief Corps, declare that the plan shall be carried out, and regard the commander’s objection as ridiculous and shameful.
 
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Vineyard NAACP Urges Oak Bluffs to Remove Plaques Honoring Confederate Soldiers
Steve Myrick
A Civil War memorial in Oak Bluffs is drawing concerted opposition from the Martha’s Vineyard chapter of the NAACP
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Confederate Soldier Honors the Blue
Vineyard Gazette
Last Saturday at Edgartown marked the beginning of a new paragraph in a chapter of Vineyard history which was begun 30 years ago. At the close of the public exercises, patriotic orders including the G. A. R., W. R. C. and the American Legion met in the town hall for refreshments and friendly discussion.
 
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Oak Bluffs Civil War Statue Sends Damaging Message
Clennon L. King
I hope elected officials on Martha’s Vineyard were watching as more than half a dozen states took steps to remove monuments to the Confederacy.
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