• City removes monument that included KKK-sponsored brick

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - Wilkes-Barre city officials have removed a public monument that included a recently added brick that was sponsored by a Ku Klux Klan affiliate.

    The Citizens' Voice reported Thursday the column monument in the city's Public Square was taken down three weeks after a brick was placed on it bearing the name of the East Coast Knights, a KKK chapter that has recruited in Wilkes-Barre.

    Harrisburg citizen activist Gene Stilp tried to chisel it off last week, resulting in a disorderly conduct charge. He says he plans to fight the charge.

    The monument was installed in 2008.

    Supporters could purchase engraved bricks for $35.

    Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tony George tells the paper it was time to tear down the monument, which he says wouldn't have survived ongoing renovations to Public Square.

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