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Alabama Lawmaker wants to do away with confederate holidays

Representative Alvin Holmes of Montgomery says it's time to do away with state-sanctioned confederate holidays.

Holmes plans to introduce a bill which will abolish the Jeff Davis Holiday, Robert E. Lee holiday and Confederate Memorial Day.

Holmes successfully had the confederate flag taken down from the state capitol building in the 1990's. Defenders of the holidays say its part of their heritage but Holmes thinks it's not a heritage which should be celebrated.  "I'm going to introduce a bill which will abolish Jeff Davis Holiday, Robert E. Lee Holiday and Confederate Memorial Day... I have never seen a state with so many confederate holidays," says Rep. Alvin Holmes.

But Holmes thinks it's not a heritage which should be celebrated.
"It's a part of a mean vicious cruel ugly heritage and that's the same way with Jeff Davis and Robert E. Lee and the confederacy and that's why we need to do away with it." says Holmes.
 

Holmes says he will file a bill next legislative session. Alabama's confederate history is rich, with enough to fill up many museums. But Holmes says it should stay in the past. "You can't erase history but let's not practice no more the evil things that took place in the past and move forward, black and whites together, economically, socially educationally and legally we move forward together," says Holmes.

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