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City of Atlanta Announces Confederate Monuments Advisory Committee Meeting Schedule

Post Date:10/27/2017 5:00 PM

Mayor’s Office of Communications
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Anne Torres, Director
404-330-6423, office
404-904-2618, cell
amtorres@atlantaga.gov

Jewanna Gaither, Deputy Press Secretary
404-330-6942, office
404-357-5829, cell
jgaither@atlantaga.gov

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 27, 2017

News Release

City of Atlanta Announces Confederate Monuments Advisory Committee Meeting Schedule

ATLANTA – The City of Atlanta announced today the meeting schedule for the advisory committee to review street names and city-owned monuments linked to the Confederacy in the City of Atlanta. The first committee meeting was held on October 18 at Atlanta City Hall.

The committee members will meet at Atlanta City Hall on the following dates at 6:00 p.m.:

  • Wednesday, November 1
  • Wednesday, November 8
  • Monday, November 13

The public is encouraged to attend and will have an opportunity to provide input during the meetings scheduled for November 1 and November 8. Final discussions and the adoption of the report which outlines recommendations for the handling of landmarks will take place on November 13.

During the initial meeting on October 18, Mayor Kasim Reed addressed the committee and thanked them for serving on the taskforce. The committee members were sworn in and charged with developing a plan for the street names and markers linked to the Confederacy. Co-committee chairs were also selected. Committee member Sonji Jacobs of Cox Enterprise nominated Sheffield Hale of the Atlanta History Center and Derreck Kayongo of Center for Civil and Human Rights as committee chairs. All committee members present voted in favor of the nomination.

“I speak for the committee when I say that it is a privilege to serve on this advisory board and work with the community to thoughtfully determine a plan for existing markers in Atlanta,” said Sheffield Hale, advisory committee chairperson. “The committee plans to solicit feedback from historians, business leaders and residents to provide context and perspective for the landmarks. We encourage everyone to attend the meetings and let your voices be heard.”

City of Atlanta Chief Equity Officer Royce Brooks and Atlanta Urban Design Commission Executive Director Doug Young will serve as liaisons to the committee and provide resources to guide the final recommendations as needed.

Following the tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia, renewed attention was placed on markings and street names in Atlanta linked to the Confederacy, calling for their removal. Mayor Kasim Reed worked to assemble a group of advisors to recommend a process with community input and determine the future of the street names and markers. On October 2, the Atlanta City Council passed a resolution granting Mayor Reed authority to name six members to the committee and the council to name five members. The Atlanta City Council voted to appoint all the members during its meeting on October 2.

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For more information about the City of Atlanta, please visit http://www.atlantaga.gov or watch City Channel 26. Follow the City of Atlanta on Facebook and Twitter @CityofAtlanta. Follow Mayor Reed on Facebook and Twitter @Kasim Reed

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