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Decision could soon be made on controversial removal of Confederate monument

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Should it be moved or should it be left alone? That question could be answered soon as DeKalb County officials debate the controversial issue of the removal of the Confederate monument in Decatur Square. 

Commissioners met twice Tuesday to plan out the next steps. 

DeKalb County's planning and economic committee met to discuss a new resolution, which would have county attorney's determine whether it's legally okay to remove Decatur's Confederate monument.

The monument was erected in 1908 and the initials C.S.A. are engraved all around it, which stands for Confederate States of America. Inscriptions on the monument praise Confederate soldiers and sailors.

The idea of taking the monument down is a racially-charged issue with strong opinions on both sides.

CBS46 spoke with one man who says he thinks the monument should stay but he wants an African-American monument to be added so that no one forgets a painful time in American history.

A woman who spoke with CBS46 about the issue says she wants it taken down. “As a woman of color with my brown children walking through that square every week, it brings me great shame to see that monument that calls white supremacists a covenant keeping race,” said the woman, who was not identified.

The Decatur monument is one of several Confederate memorials across metro Atlanta. There are 174 publicly-supported spaces across the state dedicated to the Confederacy. Others in metro Atlanta include:

  • Confederate Memorial Carving at Stone Mountain Park
  • The Obelisk at Oakland Cemetery
  • The Peace Monument in Piedmont Park
  • The John Brown statue at the State Capitol
  • Confederate Brigadier General Alfred Iverson Jr. Monument
  • Eternal Flame of the Confederacy Monument in Atlanta
  • The Confederate memorial in McDonough
  • Nathan Bedford Forrest Monument, Myrtle Hill Cemetery in Rome

Also, Atlanta's Joseph E. Brown Middle School is named for the former Governor of Georgia who was a strong Confederate supporter.

The Confederate monument currently stands on the property belonging to the County History Center just outside the museum.  Where it will go from here is still uncertain. 

Commissioner Merida Davis Johnson says the resolution would also investigate why the statue was put up in the first place.

The full board will vote on whether to take up the resolution at their meeting on Oct. 24.

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