Group Goes to Court to Return Civil War Memorial

Jun 22, 2021

The Sons of Confederate Veterans and going to court to get a civil war memorial returned to Decatur’s town square.

The monument was removed last year on order from a DeKalb County judge who agreed it had become a threat to public safety during last summer’s protests around racial justice and police violence. The SCV claims the removal of the monument violated state law and that there was insufficient evidence that the monument had become a threat to public safety.

In an email to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Decatur city attorney, Bryan Downs says the lawsuit is “factually incorrect, legally flawed, and procedurally deficient.”

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Over the past year, Georgia cities have confronted their confederate monuments, including in Athens where, last August, a Confederate monument was removed from the intersection of College Avenue and Broad Street.