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Confederate Monument in Santa Ana Cemetery, One of Last Remaining in California, Is Vandalized 

Palm trees surround the graves and headstones in Santa Ana Cemetery, seen here in 1996. (Credit: Christine Cotter/ Los Angeles Times)

Palm trees surround the graves and headstones in Santa Ana Cemetery, seen here in 1996. (Credit: Christine Cotter/ Los Angeles Times)

One of the last remaining Confederate monuments in California was vandalized days after the Fourth of July.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans monument was erected in the Santa Ana Cemetery in 2004. On Sunday, it was discovered covered in red paint with the word “racists” written vertically down one side.

The 7-ton granite monument is dedicated to those who fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War. It includes the names of 33 people with ties to the Confederacy, including Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.

In the past two years, as monuments and statues dedicated to Confederate soldiers have been taken down throughout the country amid an outcry over the glorification of a history tied to slavery and racism, the Orange County Cemetery District Board grappled with a decision regarding the monument’s future.

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