Over the past week, the country-wide clash regarding Confederate monuments has reached new heights.
But amid all the back-and-forth is a nugget of history connecting Cobb County to the national argument.
Decades ago the McNeel Marble Co. in Marietta grew into one of the nation’s most prolific Confederate monument makers. They built more than 140 Confederate monuments, including dozens in Georgia.
That 140 includes the statue that was pulled down by protesters in Durham, North Carolina last week; eight individuals have been arrested in connection with that incident.
Experts agree that demand for Confederate monuments spiked twice: at the turn of the 20th century and about the time of the civil rights movement.
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