Proposed Georgia Bill Would Protect Monuments, Statues Honoring Confederate Army

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    A new bill proposed in the Georgia legislature would prohibit local governments from hiding or removing statues of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee or other Confederate army heroes indefinitely.

    The measure, House Bill 91, is designed to safeguard statues, plaques and other markers recognizing Revolutionary War or Confederate “heroes” from modern objections.

    The bill even mentions the Civil War Confederate Army carving monument in Stone Mountain specifically.

    According to the Georgia’s Legislature’s website, it is “A bill…relating to the description of the state flag, defacing public monuments, and obstruction of Stone Mountain, so as to provide for additional protections for government statues, monuments, plaques, banners, and other commemorative symbols; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.”

    The Stone Mountain carving depicts three figures of the Confederate States of America: Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis.

    Rep. Tommy Benton, R-Jefferson, introduced the proposal at the request of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

    The bill, if passed, would require that monuments be kept in a prominent place. It would also make it illegal to “deface, defile, or abuse contemptuously” any memorial dedicated to the Confederate army.

    “We’re not saying they can’t move them,” Benton said. “We’re just saying they can’t just put them in a field somewhere.”

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