“This is all about what is right and what is wrong,” he said. “It’s not about hate. It’s about love. It’s about our history. I will not stand by and let somebody delete it just because they were raised up to hate.”
Another protester, Donald Whisman of Franklin, was upset that city and township officials didn’t allow residents to vote whether they wanted the monument removed. He said officials “cowardly came in here and removed a monument in the middle of the night.”
As a way to prevent possible problems in the area, two local businesses, a carry-out and a beauty salon, were told to close at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Franklin Twp. resident Larry Wood helped his wife close PJ Foodmart after police told them to close at 2 p.m. — nine hours earlier than normal — because “all the stuff going on,” Wood said.
Wood said city and township officials should have allowed residents to vote on whether to remove the monument.
“We don’t like when outsiders come into town and tell us what to do,” Wood said. “Lord help us.”
All was quiet this morning at the former site of a Confederate monument in Franklin.
Someone placed several American flags where the plaque dedicated to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee used to be located at the corner of Dixie Highway and Hamilton Middletown Road in Franklin, but there were no protesters.