조지아의 한 도시가 남부 연합 기념비를 시민권 영웅 존 루이스의 동상으로 대체

에 대한 112 연령, 30 피트 길이의 오벨리스크가 애틀랜타 교외 도시 Decatur의 법원 경내 밖에 서있었습니다..

연합의 연합 딸들에 의해 세워졌습니다., it suggested the Civil War was about state’s rights andSouthern honorinstead of the real root cause: slavery.
That structure was finally taken down last year. And in its place, officials now plan to erect a monument that honors the late John Lewis, a man who spent his entire life fighting for civil rights.
It is the latest chapter in a years-long battle the city has waged to rid itself of this symbol in its town square; a symbol it considered a dark legacy of slavery.
    Decatur is a liberal enclave in a predominantly African American county, DeKalb.
    But it also lies in a state that, 에 2019, passed a law protecting Confederate monumentssaying they honored history and heritage.

    First came the plaque

    Hamstrung by state law, DeKalb County officials first installed a bronze plaque next to the obelisk to counter the narrative it pushed. The 184-word statement didn’t mince words.
    The monument, 그것은 말했다, “bolstered white supremacy and faulty history.
    This monument and similar ones also were created to intimidate African Americans,” 그것은 추가했다.
    That’s how things stayeduntil last year when, compelled by the killing of George Floyd, America took a long, hard look at race and injustice.
    In city after city, Confederate monuments toppled.

    Then came the removal

    As protests rocked the nation, Decatur argued the monument had become a threat to public safety. A judge agreed.
    The Confederate obelisk has become an increasingly frequent target of graffiti and vandalism, a figurative lightning rod for friction among citizens, and a potential catastrophe that could happen at any time if individuals attempt to forcibly remove or destroy it,” Judge Clarence Seeliger said in a ruling last June.
    The point of the removal is not to prevent its public display butinstead is an appropriate measure to abate a public nuisance and protect the obelisk,” 그는 덧붙였다.
    He ordered it removed and placed in storage until further notice.
    며칠 후, a large crane pulled down the obelisk as those gathered chanted, “Take it down! Take it down!” Others applauded.

    Next comes the tribute

    이번 주, the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution to honor Lewis with a monument outside the courthouse where the obelisk stood.
    남자 이름, a towering figure of the civil rights movement and a longtime US congressman, died last July after a six-month battle with cancer.
    John was a giant of a man, with a humble heart,” Commissioner Davis Johnson said in a statement. “He met no strangers and he truly was a man who loved the people and who loved his country which he represented very well.
      He deserves this honor.
      Details about the memorial’s design and installation have not been announced.

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