Seeliger granted the city’s motion — which was not opposed by the county — and ordered the monument be taken down.
Local groups Beacon Hill Black Alliance for Human Rights, Hate Free Decatur and other activists organized a rally Wednesday night, urging county officials to stop dragging their feet. Hundreds attended and chanted “Not June 26th, but now.”
The Georgia division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, meanwhile, has threatened to take legal action to try and stop the monument’s removal. As of early Thursday afternoon, the group had not taken any such action.