Georgia law on Confederate monument removal proves difficult
Since the violence in Charlottesville, VA between white nationalists and militant anti-fascist groups, which caused one woman to be killed by a vehicle running into a crowd of people, there has been an eruption to call for the removal of Confederate monuments and statutes across the country.
In Georgia, politicians running for Governor are calling for the removal of the Confederate symbols. However, it might not be that easy to remove Confederate statues and figures in according to Georgia law.
Here is what Georgia law states about the removal of historical monuments:
O.C.G.A. 50-3-1 (2) – No publicly owned monument or memorial erected, constructed, created, or maintained on the public property of this state or its agencies, departments, authorities, or instrumentalities in honor of the military service of any past or present military personnel of this state, the United States of America or the several states thereof, or the Confederate States of America or the several states thereof shall be relocated, removed, concealed, obscured, or altered in any fashion; provided, however, that appropriate measures for the preservation, protection, and interpretation of such monuments or memorials shall not be prohibited.
According to the law, Confederate memorials cannot be removed or altered.
Underneath the Gold Dome some lawmakers are attempting to file legislation to change this code while other lawmakers are looking to strengthen the code to not have the monuments removed. According to sources, Speaker of the House David Ralston has said no legislation concerning monument protection or removal will not be considered next legislative session.