The Lost Cause monument outside the old DeKalb County Courthouse in downtown Decatur. (Courtesy Google Maps)

The DeKalb County Commission took no action on a petition and calls from activists to remove the “Lost Cause”  Confederate monument on the grounds of the old courthouse in downtown Decatur.

According to a report from Decaturish, a petition with more than 2,000 signatures is asking the county to remove the monument, constructed in front of the old courthouse in 1908. The future of the monument has been debated since a recent violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA that resulted in the deaths of three people.

Supporters of the keeping the monument in place have started their own petition and gathered more than 1,000 signatures, according to Decaturish.

Only two commissioners acknowledged the petition and only Mereda Davis Johnson explicitly called for the monument’s removal. The commission took no action on her request.

During Monday’s Decatur City Commission meeting, Mayor Patti Garrett and Commissioner Tony Powers said they’d represent the city in conversations with the county and state officials about the monument’s future.

It would require a change in sate law to remove or change the “Lost Cause” monument.

Read more about the move to replace Confederate monuments around Intown at this link.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.