Public places were devoid of Confederate statues this week in Georgia. At least 2 Statues are known to be removed from public locations.
With the revolutionary idea ahead of handling the historical statues of the famous personalities that are linked to troubling pasts, many statues are being removed throughout state. The statues include the Confederate generals, colonizers and slave owners.
After the death of George Floyd by the hands of a former Minneapolis police officer, a call for social justice can be heard throughout the country. At that time, many monuments saw vandalization, many historical figures were spray painted and even torn down by the public.
Historical Statues Being Removed In Georgia
One of the Confederate monuments that is placed outside the Gwinnett County Courthouse is removed. The removal of the monument is triggered by one such vandalism act.
According to WXIA, CNN’s affiliate, the Confederate statue was removed on Thursday and put into a storage. The inscription on the statue read “1861-1865 Lest We Forget”. It was installed here in 1993.
The removal of the statue was voted by the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners. It was then decided to put the statue in a storage until the court’s proceedings to decide the fate of the statue are over.
The statue faced vandalism more than once and even a suite was filed for its removal. In June 2020, the 28-year-old statue was vandalized by the protestors. After that a lawsuit was filed by Gwinnett County Solicitor General Brian Whiteside. The lawsuit includes the declaration of the statue as a public nuisance and demanded it to be removed.
The statue again faced vandalism on Thanksgiving. Henceforth, it was decided to put the statue away in some safe place so that it will not be attacked again until the lawsuit that was filed for its removal is resolved.
Chairwoman Nicole Hendrickson said in a press release statement that a monument that celebrates Confederacy on the County property is not suitable. The Gwinnett County is spreading the words of inclusion and the monument is not consistent with that. The monument should be placed in a storage to avoid provocation.
Another statue of Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston faced relocation from downtown Dalton to the historic huff house. The relocation took place on Saturday. The city of Dalton spokesman told CNN that the statue was removed by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. They own the statue in the first place.
The United Daughters of Confederacy had commissioned the statue and placed it there in 1912. The huff house, the place where the statue is relocated, used to be the headquarters of General Johnston for six months as winter encampment for the Confederate army of Tennessee.
According to Robert D. Jenkins, Sr. attorney for the United Daughters of Confederacy, the huff house is the most suitable place for the statue to be placed. He said that the house and the statue along with the history of the man will be interpreted and visited logically in this way.
Jenkins however clarified that the decision to relocate the statue was not influenced by any voting or acts of vandalism. He said that the people involved in the relocation of the statue didn’t attempt any sort of tearing down of the statue. According to him, the United Daughters of Confederacy wanted the statue to be removed from a public property. They were even willing to pay for the relocation.
Jenkins also said that such circumstances might lead to violence in many communities, especially in Georgia. In Dalton, different parties worked together and came up with a solution.
Jenkins is hopeful that the relocation of the statue to the huff house will develop greater interest in the huff house that eventually is going to support the huff house.