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NMDOT removed Confederate monuments from interstate

The New Mexico welcome center in Lordsburg once held one of three markers in the state dubbing Interstate 10 as Jefferson Davis Highway. The New Mexico welcome center in Lordsburg once held one of three markers in the state dubbing Interstate 10 as Jefferson Davis Highway. |  Photo: Alyson Hurt via Flickr

Marian Camacho
June 12, 2018 12:49 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. - Is it I-10 or is it the Jefferson Davis Highway? That's the question some drivers may have been asking if they stopped at three rest areas along the route from Lordsburg to Las Cruces.

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According to our partners at the Santa Fe New Mexican, stone markers that have been along the stretch of road for decades, dubbed it the Jefferson Davis Highway. Those markers, are now gone, removed by the New Mexico Department of Transportation.

Department spokeswoman Emilee Cantrell told the New Mexican the markers weren't official and Cabinet Secretary Tom Church had them removed.

Cantrell says the markers were removed over the last couple of years. 

The removal of the monuments come amid calls across the country for Confederate monuments to be taken down. In fact, a report released earlier this month shows since 2015, 110 Confederate monuments have been removed nationwide.  

The movement was sparked in the aftermath of a deadly shooting, that left nine people dead, in a black church in Charleston, South Carolina. After the shooting, photos surfaced of the killer posing with a Confederate battle flag. 

According to the National Confederate Museum in Columbia, Tennessee, there are at least 1,730 Confederate monuments nationwide.

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