DeKalb County leaders tried to move the Confederate monument to a less prominent location on private property, but no one wanted to take it. State law prevents the destruction or concealment of Confederate monuments owned by local governments.
Rep. Vernon Jones, D-Lithonia, has suggested that the 30-foot-tall obelisk could be relocated to the county landfill as a way to meet the letter of the law while achieving the goal of reducing its visibility. But county commissioners have said they are looking for a private person or entity to take it on.
While that remains their goal, commissioners see the marker as an opportunity to provide greater understanding of the monument where it stands now. It would travel with the obelisk if it is ever relocated.
Over Super Bowl weekend, someone threw paint on the monument and nearby cannons. The vandalism occurred around the same time that anti-fascist groups were protesting the Confederate carving at nearby Stone Mountain. Groups behind that protest said they were not responsible for the monument vandalism but support its removal.