A historic 30 foot confederate monument on the grounds of the Historic Dekalb County Courthouse was removed last January amid protests.
The monument had stood outside the courthouse in Decatur for 112 years prior to its removal.
The space will now be filled by a monument honoring the late Democrat civil rights leader John Lewis.
County commissioners approved the resolution January 26th, though the exact design is not yet known, though it’s been suggested it will be of Lewis in his younger years.
The Beacon Hill Black Alliance for Human Rights said at a July meeting “it is our hope that because our youth played such an essential role in the removal of the [Confederate] monument, that a statue of the young John Lewis during his [younger] years will be erected in the Decatur square.”
They added “this will be a reminder of how many young people have been a catalyst for change in the world. Where a monument once stood to intimidate and disenfranchise Black voters, soon will stand a statue of an American hero who gave his life to building the movement that ensures Black people have the right to vote.”
For 112 years, a 30-foot obelisk stood outside a courthouse in Decatur, Georgia.
That Confederate monument was finally taken down last year. And in its place, officials now plan to erect a monument that honors the late civil rights icon John Lewis. https://t.co/ce2qQ4RUhp
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