Relocate the Statue of Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston from Downtown Dalton
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In the winter of 1863-64 General Joseph E. Johnston, commander of the Confederate Army of Tennessee, made 314 N. Selvidge Street, Dalton, Ga (now locally know as the "Huff House") his headquarters as he gathered 40,000 troop to defend against Sherman's Atlanta Campaign. When Major General Sherman started his campaign on May 4th, General Johnston fought defensive battles for 9 days before ultimately fleeing from Dalton on May 13 to Resaca, Ga, which he then yielded just 2 days later.
In 1912, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the south's secession, it became "en vogue" to erect monuments celebrating the confederate leaders of the American Civil War. These monuments were part of a great push across the south that ultimately showed community support for a new wave of Jim Crow Laws, the rise of the Ku Klux Klan, and serve as a warning to black travelers in a new age of inter-state travel.
We, the undersigned, believe that statues placed on public land should serve to venerate individuals held collectively in high esteem. They are meant to embody the identity and ideals of a community and communicate to visitors what a community values. The statue of Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston does not embody the identity or the ideals of Dalton. The truth remains that the Confederacy was formed in large part to protect the institution of slavery, and while that truth should be remembered, it should not be honored.
We ask that the City of Dalton remove this statue from public land, and to work with relevant stakeholders in having it relocated to the grounds of Huff House where General Joseph E. Johnston and his statue's history can be contextualized in an appropriate location.
A person we believe does embody the identity of Dalton is Ms. Catherine Evans Whitener. Her homegrown ingenuity lifted thousands out of poverty and provided an additional mean for income to families in our community when crops failed or the Great Depression hit. With only a fifth grade education, Ms. Whitener became a pioneer and helped to create a multi-billion dollar industry for which Dalton is recognized across the world.
Statues are not history; Statues are symbols of what a community most values. Now is the time for Dalton to address our history and affirm the values at our community's core.
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