Protesters rally to remove Confederate monument outside DeKalb County courthouse

The DeKalb County Commission voted to remove a confederate monument from Decatur Square but they're having trouble finding a new location.

People of all ages were at the rally in support of the monument's removal, but there was also a small group of people who say they love the monument and want it to stay.

"This monument is a symbol that celebrates the Confederacy, it celebrates Jim Crow and it celebrates the white supremacists who put it up," said Sara Patenaude with Hate Free Decatur.

The monument has been at the heart of Decatur Square since 1908.

Billy Bearden says it represents those who died in the Civil War. 

“To have some common symbol to represent their loved ones who fell in other states and other places buried in unmarked graves and perhaps not buried at all," he said.

On Tuesday, the DeKalb County Commission will consider a proposal to move it to another part of the square.

"As people are learning the history of this monument, nobody wants it," Patenaude said.

Those against the monument say they want it gone all together.

"We have monuments of better things. It’s kind of like it’s less of a monument for us, but more of a reminder of the Confederate flag. We got nervous coming here because we thought this was a confederate rally,” said DeKalb County resident Courtney Muldrow. 

But where the monument should go is the big question. 

“Destroy it. You don’t immortalize it by putting it in a museum. It’s still there, the symbolism is still there,” said DeKalb County resident Milton Johnson.

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