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Confederate monuments moved in Macon after years of dispute

Confederate flag imagery is banned at this year's CMA Fest in Nashville.
Confederate flag imagery is banned at this year's CMA Fest in Nashville.(Pollockdog / Wikipedia / CC BY-SA 3.0)
Published: Jun. 23, 2022 at 1:59 PM EDT
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MACON, Ga. (CBS46) - Two Confederate monuments are being moved in middle Georgia’s largest city after relocation plans were stalled for years by lawsuits.

Crews began moving the monuments Wednesday, using $160,000 in private money raised by a community foundation.

The monuments are going to a park outside Macon’s Rose Hill Cemetery, where 884 Confederate soldiers are buried. They have been located on two downtown streets.

The Macon-Bibb County Commission approved moving the monuments in July 2020 after years of advocacy.

A resident sued, saying the moves violated a Georgia law requiring Confederate monuments be relocated to places of “equal prominence.” A judge eventually dismissed that suit.