Move the Athens, Georgia Confederate Memorial

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To the people of Athens, Georgia:

The time has come to address the location and continued existence of the Confederate monument at the intersection of Broad St. and College Ave.  While Georgia law prohibits "the relocation, removal, concealment, obscuring or altering of any fashion of any publicly owned monument or memorial," the same law allows for the relocation of a monument when relocation represents the only “appropriate measures for the preservation, protection and interpretation” of the monuments.

As suggested by local attorney and current District 7 ACC Commissioner Russell Edwards in this 2017 Red and Black article about the memorial, "if a majority of people in Athens mobilize and want to see the monument moved to Oconee Hill Cemetery, where many Confederate soldiers are buried, the county could act. The mayor and commission could move it, claiming that they are acting to preserve and to protect this monument. They would have a leg to stand on by pointing to the recent violent rallies hosted by white supremacists around these monuments.”

Your support for this action will demonstrate that the great power of the Athens community to mobilize and avert (so far) the worse of the 2020 pandemic can be further mobilized in support of its African-American citizens. Please sign today and help empower the ACC Mayor and Commission to take this action.