No matter who owns it, there’s also the matter of a state law that appears to prohibit such monuments from being “relocated, removed, concealed, obscured, or altered in any fashion.”
Sen. Elena Parent, D-Atlanta, state Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur and state Rep. Renitta Shannon, D-Decatur, are currently drafting legislation to allow local governments to take action involving monuments in their communities
But Davis Johnson prefers the monument’s removal before the General Assembly even convenes next January. Assuming DeKalb’s commission approves the resolution later this month, the county has 30 days to get a definitive title verdict and a legal opinion on the state law.
“I would say this can be resolved,” Davis Johnson said. “I think we’ll know 30 days after we approve the resolution, and I would hope we’d start removing it on the 31st day.”