Wednesday, August 5, 2015

County: Confederate statue to remain on courthouse lawn

Via Susan

The Confederate memorial statue that has stood on the Bulloch County Courthouse Square for over 100 years will remain in place in spite of efforts by some to have the memorial moved.

Bulloch County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to leave the Italian marble statue on the southwest corner of the square, where it has stood since 1909, when the local chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy erected it as a memorial to area soldiers who lost lives in the Civil War.

A Georgia Southern University political science major initiated a recent effort to have the statue removed, claiming it is racially offensive and does not represent all of Bulloch County’s citizens. James Major Woodall, 21, spoke during previous meetings before commissioners, asking that a committee be formed to discuss the statue and the possibility of moving it to a location other than government property.

This led to significant opposition by many, including members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Ogeechee Rifles Camp 941 and members of the Georgia chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, which actually claims ownership of the statue since the Bulloch County chapter of the group dissolved

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