The bust was located on a bench outside the Historic DeKalb Courthouse facing Ponce de Leon Avenue, allowing residents and visitors to sit and take pictures with the Founding Father. It was made by famed sculptor George Lundeen, according to the city's website.
On the other side of the courthouse, the controversial obelisk memorializing the “Lost Cause” Confederate movement was taken down by DeKalb County late Thursday night after a judge ruled it was a public nuisance and ordered its relocation. Local officials and activists had been pushing for its removal for years.
Garrett said the Jefferson statue was also "gone by Friday morning." Protests against racism have reignited discussions about whether historical American figures should be memorialized with grand, public statues. New York City Council members have called for a Thomas Jefferson statue to be removed from City Hall, according to NBC New York. New York City recently said a statue of Theodore Roosevelt flanked by a Native American man and African man would be removed. Protesters in Portland, Oregon set fire to a statue of George Washington before pulling it to the ground, CNN reported.
Locally, debates continue over statues and monuments to the Confederacy. More than 40 descendants of former Gov. John B. Gordon sent a letter to Gov. Brian Kemp over the weekend asking that the statue of Gordon, sitting in full Confederate regalia, be removed from the grounds of the Georgia Capitol. Aside from being a Confederate general, Gordon is generally acknowledged as being a leader of the Ku Klux Klan in Georgia.
“I think there are just a lot of conversations that we need to have right now,” Garrett said.
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