Confederate monument removed from Madison cemetery

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Madison officials have removed a century-old Confederate monument from a cemetery and donated the marker to the Wisconsin Veterans Museum.

Madison Parks Superintendent Eric Knepp tells the Wisconsin State Journal that the large, stone monument was recently removed from Forest Hill Cemetery. The marker used to sit where about 140 Confederate soldiers are buried, but it's now being held at the State Archive Preservation Facility.

Wisconsin Veterans Museum Director Michael Telzrow says the museum doesn't have any current plans to display the monument soon. He says it's highly unlikely that the marker will ever be on permanent display.

Telzrow says the museum accepted the monument from the city because of its connections to Union veterans from Wisconsin. He says some state veterans helped raise money for the marker.