"The city of Ridgefield does not support or condone the racist symbolism of the marker, and would love if it wasn't anywhere near Ridgefield," city manager Steve Stuart said by email Tuesday.
In any case, for the last 10 years, the Jefferson Davis Park has been adorned with two stone markers honoring Davis, the Confederacy's one and only president, and two flags.RELATED: Confederate monuments removed overnight in Baltimore Willis, who is also the registered agent for the nonprofit that operates the park and owns the land, retold some of the history of the monument.The two stone markers at the park were once placed on either end of Old Highway 99 in Washington, one at Blaine and once in Vancouver.As it happens, the state never adopted the designation and, after some urging from state Rep.Hans Dunshee in 2002, the markers were removed, according to some past Crosscut reportage.Jefferson Davis Park, a monument to the one and only Confederate president, stands along Interstate 5 north of Vancouver, Washington.
The flag on the right is known as "the blood stained banner," one of the last designs of the Confederate flag dating to 1865.
The monument's backing group, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, says the Civil War wasn't about slavery, and so the monument only honors the dead.
The Civil War was about slavery, according to the documents states created when they seceded from the Union.
The highway was part of the Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway, a transcontinental route that was by 1939 extended along the Pacific Coast to include Washington state, according to the Federal Highway Administration.
As Sons of Confederate Veterans and Willis puts it, the highway was so designated to celebrate Davis' role in building highways and other contributions in Washington.
Around the same time, the Sons of Confederate Veterans embarked on a mission to get a public monument for the markers, a mission that eventually failed and led the group to purchase (for $20,000) the piece of land next to I-5 where the markers now stand.