MACON, Ga. (AP) — Two Confederate monuments are being moved in middle Georgia’s largest city after relocation plans were stalled for years by lawsuits.
Crews began moving the monuments Wednesday, using $160,000 in private money raised by a community foundation. The monuments are going to a park outside Macon’s Rose Hill Cemetery, where 884 Confederate soldiers are buried.
They have been located on two downtown streets. The Macon-Bibb County Commission approved moving the monuments in July 2020 after years of advocacy.
A resident sued, saying the moves violated a Georgia law requiring Confederate monuments be relocated to places of “equal prominence.” A judge eventually dismissed that suit.