DeKalb County Commission considering resolution to move Decatur’s Confederate monument

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt December 13, 2017

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 is considering a resolution to relocate a Confederate monument from the Decatur Square.

A spokesperson for DeKalb says a resolution was introduced at Tuesday’s meeting and deferred to the next meeting.

A copy of the resolution provided by the office of DeKalb County Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson calls for the monument’s relocation, but does not say where it will go. The resolution says, “The Governing Authority hereby finds that the Confederate Monument shall be relocated to a place that allows it to be visibly displayed or shall be transferred to a third party with a written requirement that such third party locate the Confederate Monument at an identified place which allows the Confederate Monument to remain visibly displayed.”

In October, the County Commission adopted a resolution calling for the monument’s removal and also directing the county’s attorney to find out who actually owns it.

The County Commission’s action followed a similar resolution approved unanimously by the Decatur City Commission in September.

The resolution to relocate the monument introduced Tuesday follows a legal opinion by the county attorney that found the county does have the authority under state law to move the monument, provided it isn’t moved to a place where it’s obscured.

State law currently prohibits the removal of these monuments, but the city’s Legislative delegation wants to change the law to allow local communities to make those decisions. But the county has determined that it does have the authority under the law to relocate it.

Here’s a copy of the resolution introduced at the commission’s Dec. 12 meeting.

Transfer Resolution

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