The memorial, which sits near the historic DeKalb County Courthouse, rose in 1908. The county owns the monument and the historic courthouse, according to the city of Decatur.
A county spokesman wasn’t aware of the petition late Monday afternoon and wasn’t able to immediately comment.
The petition to remove the statue follows years of similar sentiment from residents and is intended to be delivered to city, county and state officials. It also proposes changing state law, which now prohibits removing such monuments.
“The statue refers to those listed on the monument as a ‘covenant keeping race’ and thus, the statue serves as a shrine to white supremacists like those we saw in Charlottesville,” the petition site says. “If the city of Decatur and DeKalb County truly value diversity, then both entities will listen to its citizens and fight vigorously for the removal of this monument.”
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