Georgia County To Replace Confederate Monument With John Lewis Statue

Written by on January 30, 2021

A tribute to the Confederacy outdoors a courthouse in Dekalb County, Georgia, shall be changed by a memorial to the late civil rights icon John Lewis, after unanimous approval from the county’s board of commissioners this week.

Lewis represented the Atlanta space, together with elements of Dekalb County, in Congress for greater than 30 years till his dying at age 80 in July, following a battle with pancreatic most cancers.

The decision authorized by the county states that the spot outdoors the courthouse is “probably the most becoming” place for a memorial to Lewis, the Atlanta Journal-Structure reported. 

The Accomplice statue ― an obelisk titled “The Misplaced Trigger” erected in 1908 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy ― was eliminated in June. Native residents watched and cheered because it got here down.

A decide who ordered the obelisk’s elimination stated it has grow to be a “public nuisance” attributable to protesters demanding or not it’s eliminated. Georgia regulation technically stipulates that “no publicly owned monument honoring Accomplice troopers” could also be eliminated or relocated within the state.

The obelisk was put in the identical yr that Georgia authorized an modification meant to cease Black Georgians from voting, as Fox 5 Atlanta famous in its report. 

“John was an enormous of a person, with a humble coronary heart,” Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson stated in a press release to CNN. “He met no strangers and he actually was a person who beloved the individuals and who beloved his nation which he represented very properly.” 

Particulars on the Lewis memorial’s look and set up have but to be launched.

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