A recent petition calls for the removal of a confederate memorial statue in Statesboro after the events that occurred in Charlottesville, Va. this past week.
“After the disgusting display of racism and hate in Charlottesville, Va., the community of Statesboro and Bulloch County want to stand against racism and white nationalism by removing the Confederate monument on the Bulloch County Courthouse lawn,” reads the petition.
Katie Durrence, petition author and Statesboro citizen, believes that the statue’s removal is “long overdue” and “stands for oppression.”
The petition has received over one thousand signatures and it's expected to be sent to the Bulloch County Board of Commissioners, Statesboro City Council and Mayor Jan Moore.
The statue has sat in front of the Bulloch County Courthouse since 1906 after being placed by the local chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy to honor the lives lost in the Civil War.
A previous attempt to remove the statue was made in Aug. 2015 led by James “Major” Woodall, who is also assisting in the current petition. However, the statue was voted to remain.
The petition suggests that the monument should be placed in a museum so its historical significance can be observed by people who want to view it.
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