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DeKalb County Commission will consider resolution on removing Confederate monument

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DeKalb County Commission will consider resolution on removing Confederate monument

After the Stand With Charlottesville candlelight vigil on August 13. 2017, in Decatur, Ga., attendees gather to discuss the controversial "Lost Cause" monument in Decatur Square.
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After the Stand With Charlottesville candlelight vigil on August 13. 2017, in Decatur, Ga., attendees gather to discuss the controversial “Lost Cause” monument in Decatur Square.

The DeKalb County Commission will meet on Oct. 24 and will consider a resolution calling for the removal of Decatur’s Confederate monument.

The meeting starts at 9 a.m. and will be held at Manuel J. Maloof Auditorium, located at 1300 Commerce Drive in Decatur. All meetings are open to the public. The monument is located on the Decatur Square next to the old courthouse.

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The resolution, being pushed by DeKalb County Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson, calls for the monument’s removal and also directs the county’s attorney to find out who actually owns it. The monument is located in front of the old courthouse in the Decatur Square. The city of Decatur maintains the county owns it. County officials have been unable to find any commission minutes that show the county formally accepted the monument.

Activists have demanded the monument’s removal in the wake of a violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. that resulted in the deaths of three people. These groups held a rally and a discussion in the city’s downtown to support removing it. The monument has also been defaced three times since the debate began.

Hate Free Decatur, the group that has been working with the NAACP’s Beacon Hill branch to remove the monument, plans to show up in force at Tuesday’s meeting.

“Hate Free Decatur, along with our numerous community partners, continue to support Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson in taking a courageous stance against the continued hatred and bigotry that this monument represents,” the group said in a press release.

Here is a summary of the resolution being considered:

Legislation Details (With Text) (1)

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