A Confederate monument that will be the centerpiece of James H. Berry Park in Bentonville, Arkansas, has drawn criticism from a Muslim civil rights group.
The city’s planning commission on Feb. 1 unanimously approved the park’s development.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, called such monuments “symbols of racist hate.”
Its leaders urged Bentonville and other cities to drop plans to erect Confederate flags, statues and all symbols from public spaces.
Berry was a Civil War officer, lawyer, Arkansas legislator, speaker of the state House and circuit judge for the 4th Judicial District.
He was Arkansas’ 14th governor and served as a U.S. senator from 1885 to 1907, according to the Encyclopedia of Arkansas.