This monument blends aspects of both eras. Speeches at the dedication spoke of Southern rights - a phrase that connoted the South's desire for control over local matters including race relations. At the same time, the dedication of this monument included calls for reconciliation with the North by two women who were both leaders of the effort to raise funds for the monument. Absent from the remarks of these two women are the indirect and sometimes direct references to white racial solidarity that were often present at other Confederate monument dedications.
In the summer of 2015, Birmingham Park and Recreation Board voted unanimously in favor of moving the monument to an appropriate location. The future of the monument is uncertain, while many local residents express concern with each of the proposed courses of action for fear that removal might lead to unintended consequences. Some suggest that the monument be moved to a museum where it could be accompanied by historic interpretation of the war, slavery, and the state of race relations throughout the city when the monument was created. At that time, schools were cancelled so that children could join their parents in celebrating April 26th as Confederate Memorial Day.