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Dyana Bagby Posted by on November 14, 2017.

Sen. Millar: Confederate memorials likely to stay

State Sen. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody) said he believes no major action will be taken in the next legislative session to remove Confederate memorials from public places.

State Sen. Fran Millar

“If anything happens … I believe the only thing that could happen is a commission is formed,” he said, during a legislative update to the Dunwoody Homeowners Association at its Nov. 5 meeting “There will be a lot of talk, but I don’t look for the monuments to come down anytime soon.”

Millar said while he predicts the Confederate memorials will remain, he also expects that contextual information will be added to them in the future to provide the public with more history about the Civil War and slavery.

The DeKalb County Commission approved a resolution last month asking its legal counsel to find a way to remove or relocate a Confederate memorial located outside the former DeKalb Courthouse in the Decatur square. But who actually owns the memorial — the county or a private entity — is still being researched.

The memorial was erected in 1908 by the A. Evans Camp of Confederate Veterans and Agnes Lee Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

State law prohibits the removal of Confederate monuments. The Georgia chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans has hired a lobbyist for the upcoming legislative session, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

6 Responses to Sen. Millar: Confederate memorials likely to stay

  1. David Gass

    November 14, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    If the State law prohibits the removal of Confederate Memorials, then what’s the problem? What part do they not understand? They need to forget the whole thing and leave all Memorials alone. Find something else to do with your time.

    • Greg Pearson

      November 14, 2017 at 7:01 pm

      So true. State law protects ALL Veteran’s monuments in Georgia. Find a real issue, like education or taxes. Leave our veterans alone.

  2. Gary Ray Betz

    November 15, 2017 at 10:44 am

    The Confederate monuments should never have been erected. Why would a civilized society want to honor persons who fought for one of the most heinous causes in the history of the world – the right to enslave humans of another race, place their small children in shackles, brutalize the men with whips, rape the woman, and have the arbitrary right to murder these slaves at their own discretion?!

    The Confederate cause was as abhorrent as the Nazi’s genocide plan to exterminate an entire religion, and to honor it demeans the progeny of the people it victimized.

    • Robert Hand

      November 15, 2017 at 4:03 pm

      Mr. Betz, only the ignorant and/or uneducated hold to the belief that the War of Northern Aggression was a war in defense of abhorrent human slavery. Our Confederate heroes fought in defense of their rights, families, homes, and constitutional liberty! Was slavery a factor at all? Yes, but only in a minor sense, as it was somewhat involved in the much larger issue of state/local rights. I’m very proud of my own non-slaveholder Confederate ancestors, sir, and I will continue to admire and defend them against all comers!

      • Gary Ray Betz

        November 15, 2017 at 4:21 pm

        “Many factors contributed to the Civil War. One caused it: slavery.” – Ken Burns

  3. Bruce Bayless

    November 15, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    The politicians use the commissions as cover to remove the monuments since they don’t have the guts to do it themselves. So if they have a commission they plan to remove the monuments.