Petition to remove Confederate monument in Decatur requests change in state lawThe monument in downtown Decatur. Photo provided to Decaturish
Calls to remove a Confederate monument in Decatur grew louder on Monday after a petition quickly garnered more than 500 signatures.
The petition notes that removal of the monument is technically illegal in Georgia.
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Under state law, “No publicly owned monument or memorial erected, constructed, created, or maintained on the public property of this state or its agencies, departments, authorities, or instrumentalities in honor of the military service of any past or present military personnel of this state, the United States of America or the several states thereof, or the Confederate States of America or the several states thereof shall be relocated, removed, concealed, obscured, or altered in any fashion; provided, however, that appropriate measures for the preservation, protection, and interpretation of such monuments or memorials shall not be prohibited.”
The petition asks the state Legislature to change the law so communities can decide for themselves whether these memorials are appropriate.
Decatur’s City Manager has noted the county owns the monument, not the city.
The movement to move the monument has been talked about in recent months but gained steam after a chaotic white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday that resulted in the deaths of three people. A vigil in the Decatur square on Sunday, held in the shadow of that monument, drew hundreds of people.
Here is the full text of the petition:
Remove City of Decatur’s Confederate Memorial
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