Dekalb County Confederate Monument Contextualization

Dekalb County Confederate Monument Contextualization (HM2MXK)

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N 33° 46.491', W 84° 17.783'

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In 1908, this monument was erected at the DeKalb County
Courthouse to glorify the "lost cause" of the Confederacy and the
Confederate soldiers who fought for it. It was privately funded by
the C. A. Evans Camp of Confederate Veterans and the Agnes
Lee Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
Located in a prominent public space, its presence bolstered white
supremacy and faulty history, suggesting that the cause for the
Civil War rested on southern honor and states rights rhetoric—
instead of its real catalyst—African-American slavery. This
monument and similar ones also were created to intimidate
African-Americans and limit their full participation in the social
and political life of their communities. It fostered a culture of
segregation by implying that public spaces and public memory
belonged to whites. Since state law prohibited local governments
from removing Confederate statues, DeKalb County contextualized
this monument in 2019. DeKalb County officials and
citizens believe that public history can be of service when it
challenges us to broaden our sense of boundaries and includes
community discussions of the victories and shortcomings of our
shared histories.
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HM NumberHM2MXK
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Year Placed2019
Placed ByDekalb County Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, November 13th, 2019 at 4:02pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16H E 750365 N 6259522
Decimal Degrees-33.77485000, -84.29638333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 46.491', W 84° 17.783'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 46' 29.46" N, 84° 17' 46.98" W
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