UPDATE:Lee supervisors approve civil rights monument for courthouse

TUPELO – The Lee County Board of Supervisors, by a 3-2 vote, today approved a civil rights monument for the courthouse lawn.

The board in May had blocked a request from a group known as Coalition for Change to erect a monument in honor of Lee Countians who were vital to the civil rights movement. The motion by Tommie Lee Ivy, the board’s lone minority, died for lack of a second.

At their meeting this morning, supervisors again took up the matter and approved it. Voting for the request were Phil Morgan of District 1, Tommie Lee Ivy of District 4 and Joe McKinney of District 5.

Board President Bobby Smith of District 2 and Darrell Rankin of District 3 opposed the idea, fearing that approval for one group would set a precedent for more courthouse monuments.

Specifics for the monument, including design and location, will be subject to approval by the supervisors.

Read more about this story in Tuesday's Daily Journal.