North Ga. Confederate monument damaged in move

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The Confederate memorial in downtown Jefferson was damaged Friday when it was being moved as part of the city’s downtown renovation project.
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JEFFERSON, Ga.  - A 100-year-old Confederate veterans' memorial was damaged Friday when a work crew was moving the monument as part of Jefferson's ongoing downtown renovation.

The memorial has sat in the median of Sycamore Street, or Georgia Highway 129, since 1911 when Jefferson's chapter of the Daughters of the Confederate Veterans donated the granite marker to the city.

Work crews were trying to the lift the 7-foot rectangular column that makes up the middle layer of the monument when one of the straps they were using to lift the block broke. The stone column fell to the ground, knocking a chip of granite free from one the lower corners, said Beth Laughinghouse, director of Main Street Jefferson and streetscape project manager.

"I think we'll probably just re-evaluate (whether we need to repair it) once we've put the monument back together," Laughinghouse. "It truly will not be noticeable from the ground, and we haven't began exploring what the options are in terms of repairing it."

The Georgia Department of Transportation, which is funding the downtown streetscape project, told city officials that the monument had to be moved to improve traffic flow downtown, she said.

The monument, which was constructed of four sections of carved solid granite, currently is sitting in pieces in a parking lot on the south side of Sycamore Street. Within the next week, crews will reassemble the monument just across Sycamore Street's westbound lane from its original site, making it one of the focal points of the town's public square.

"You couldn't even see the monument before," Laughinghouse said. "Now, you will be able to see the monument from all four sides, and you won't have to take your life in your hands to look at it."

A new Confederate veterans' monument, recently commissioned by Jefferson's chapter of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans, will be placed near the 1911 monument in the public square.

The placement of the new and old Confederate monuments marks one of the last big tasks of the city's year-long streetscape project, which should be finished by the end of July.

Work crews should have the bulk of the work done in time for Jefferson's annual Freedom Festival on June 25, Laughinghouse said.

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broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 06/14/11 - 06:50 am
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wow, jefferson has even less
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wow, jefferson has even less coolness than augusta. i was just saying yesterday that we'd be a lot cooler if we'd all trash the confederate memorial like we're toppling a statue of a defeated tyrant, because that's really kinda what the confederacy is. a statue one hundred years old commemorating the civil war isn't "historical." that damaged one (that the powers above started the smash on), the one we have on broad street, and their amazingly disgustingly shockingly their new one, are just wrongheadedly and heartedly nostalgic.

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corgimom 06/14/11 - 07:52 am
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What is "wrongheaded" about

What is "wrongheaded" about honoring ancestors?

By that reasoning, let's get rid of Gettysburg. And all of the other historic battle sites. And get rid of Memorial Day, too.

You can't have it both ways.

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 06/14/11 - 07:57 am
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those memorials are
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those memorials are commemorative, after the fact, and not hostoric. some are older than others, but they have nothing to do with the war.

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KSL 06/14/11 - 08:03 am
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And what is wrong with

And what is wrong with commemorative?

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 06/14/11 - 08:07 am
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when it commemorates defense
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when it commemorates defense of slavery? you tell me. (drink every time someone says states rights but doesn't name any of those rights.)

WoodyKaminer
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WoodyKaminer 06/14/11 - 09:02 am
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Someone hit a nerve didnt

Someone hit a nerve didnt they. You are definitely letting your colors show this morning Broad Street.

southern2
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southern2 06/14/11 - 09:43 am
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What qualifications did the

What qualifications did the crew moving the monument have? The picture makes it appear to be a jack leg operation. Where was OSHA? Someone should be sued for damages to this piece of Southern history.

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jrbfromga 06/14/11 - 10:09 am
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The war was not fought over
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The war was not fought over slavery! It was fought because the people of the South no longer wanted to be governed by those people in Washington...sounds familiar, huh? The South never attacked the North until the South was invaded (called First Bull Run, it was in Virginia), so what part of defense of your homeland do you not get Broad Street?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/14/11 - 10:03 am
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If the Yankees take Grant off

If the Yankees take Grant off the fifty dollar bill we will take down a few monuments.

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Fiat_Lux 06/14/11 - 10:27 am
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I have to say, "Broad Street

I have to say, "Broad Street Narrow Mind" could hardly be a more appropriate moniker for our initial opiner. Congrats on your self-awareness.

Just like other recent stories, somebody's always looking for a way to make something out of nothing, whether it's about a statue memorializing Southerners or a street that needs closing for the public's safety.

Why don't you people find something relevant and important to fight against? The options are limitless and you actually might help others who need it, instead of merely obstructing good and necessary works and alienating virtually everyone with any sense.

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burninater 06/14/11 - 10:40 am
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jrbfromga, the war was not

jrbfromga, the war was not about slavery, but about states' rights? Alright, tell me this then: what was the specific right at issue?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/14/11 - 10:51 am
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Burn, the south was wealthy

Burn, the south was wealthy with the cotton being sold to europe. The north imposed taxes on our exports and taxed our imports in order to make us buy their manufactured products.

The Panic of 1857 devastated the northern economy and left the south untouched. The north was going to find a way to tap the wealth of the south with discriminatory taxes.

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dokken3605 06/14/11 - 11:15 am
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riverman they can take grant

riverman they can take grant off the fifty all they want i could care less but if they start to take down the Monuments then I will start to raise cain and fight tooth and nail to stop that

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bclicious 06/14/11 - 11:17 am
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I agree with Broad Street

I agree with Broad Street Narrow Mind.

The history books should be rewritten to portray the Confederate States of the South as members of NAZI Army or something along those lines.

Also, all Confederate Monuments commemorating the civil war in any way, should be replaced by statues of Darth Vader in order to show how evil the south was.

Great Comments Broad Street Narrow Mind!

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burninater 06/14/11 - 11:38 am
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Riverman, sounds like you're

Riverman, sounds like you're talking about the Morrill Tariff of 1861? Prior to that, existing tariff policy greatly benefitted the South, and the Morrill Tariff passed only because southern states had already seceded. I agree fully that Southern and Northern tensions were primarily economic -- pretty much ALL social tensions have economic bases -- which makes disregarding slavery as a root cause blatantly nonsensical, as it was THE economic base of the South.

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sanddollar29 06/14/11 - 11:56 am
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Seriously....ya'll need to

Seriously....ya'll need to stop hating on the South! Regardless of what everybody says, the Confederate Memorials are historical and means something to those of us whose ancestors fought for what they thought was right.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/14/11 - 12:02 pm
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Of course the Morrill Tariff

Of course the Morrill Tariff was enacted after the southerners had left. Passing it shows you the motivations of the north well, however. The Tariff Act of 1842 had ciphoned southern money to the north although the south had worked hard over the years to reduce the tariff somewhat.

The war absolutely had an economic basis. The south had money and the north didn't, but to say slavery was the economic basis of the south is superficial. Less than one fifth of the southerners owned slaves. But millions of slaves were already in this country and had to be cared for in one way or another. Slavery would have ended soon enough. Raising cotton returned to the south after the war using sharecroppers proving slavery wasn't necessary to the south.

Here is where I sound like a liberal. Did the Civil War help the blacks greatly economically? Was there discrimination in the north as well as the south after the war?

I'll bet there is just as much wealth disparity between the blacks of today and the plantation owning whites of today as there was in 1860.

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WoodyKaminer 06/14/11 - 12:25 pm
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Why is it that the same folks

Why is it that the same folks that want us to forget parts of history, like confederate soldiers and the rebel flag, are the same people that want us to remember certain parts of it, like slavery and civil rights. Most people nowadays dont even know anyone that had slaves. Most all of those people are dead now. Why are we still still trying to correct this problem? I thought this was taken care of almost 50 years ago.
Cant we finally argue about something new, besides skin color? Its like hearing the same joke over and over. It gets old after a while. Its time to move on.

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Sweet son 06/14/11 - 12:27 pm
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Broad street"s picture is

Broad street"s picture is interesting! I had something for bclicious but I won't say it.

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seenitB4 06/14/11 - 12:34 pm
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It is sad that so many are

It is sad that so many are jealous of the South....
can we help it if our women are better looking-curvy-friendly-more caring..
can we help it if our men are smarter-husky-manly-can can shoot any kind of gun..
our weather is milder --the flowers are pretty---rivers are cleaner..
In case we do have a world war....give me a good ole boy anytime...they can kill for supper-fish-build another house--keep the bad guys away.......a 3 piece suit won't get it.

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 06/14/11 - 12:48 pm
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people who say not everyone
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people who say not everyone had slaves are playing defense. (wealth envy?) how about if there was only one guy who owned all the slaves? who cares? the problem was more that every black person was screwed. and the fact that most people fighting were poor doesn't mean much. i don't see a lot of oil executives wearing desert camo in iraq either.

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Riverman1 06/14/11 - 12:56 pm
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Well, let's turn this around.

Well, let's turn this around. Lincoln said the war wasn't about slavery. His view was that the blacks should be sent back to Africa. Blacks would have really been screwed if the north had won easily without Lincoln caving into the exigencies of the war with his Emancipation Proclamation.

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 06/14/11 - 01:04 pm
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jefferson had slaves too.
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jefferson had slaves too. henry the eighth killed his wives. what's the point? most people now agree that it's major league wrong to claim ownership of another human being against their will. whitewashing the civil war and slavery is what makes proud confederates weird more than the history. this monument went up the same time as most confederate monuments as a grudge. just like the georgia flag got it's dixie doodle look reinstated in the civil rights days. no one would see the south as weird if so many didn't stick up for the confederacy so absolutely. when this monument and ours went up was roughly as long after the civil war as we are in history past ww2. wouldn't it be weird if germany at this time commerated hitler with new statues?

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Riverman1 06/14/11 - 01:09 pm
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Ah, the point is slavery

Ah, the point is slavery would have gone away without the Civil War. What if the south had chosen not to stand up to the north? Lincoln had said he wouldn't interfere with slavery where it already existed. Remember he was extremely predjudiced and wanted to send blacks to Africa. The truth is slaverly would have gone away even without the war. So to say slavery was what the Civil War was about is shallow.

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 06/14/11 - 01:14 pm
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and the schools would have
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and the schools would have desegregated too without federal help, i'm sure. and lester maddox would serve black people or go out of business.

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Riverman1 06/14/11 - 01:16 pm
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When we fall for the

When we fall for the stereotypical, superficial beliefs about the Civil War, or any historical event, we do ourselves a disservice. Believing Spain blew up the Maine to start the Spanish American War is the equivalent of believing the Civil War was about slavery.

Philip Howard said, "Most history is a record of triumphs, disasters, and follies of top people. The black hole in it is the way of life of mute, inglorious men and women who made no nuisance of themselves in the world."

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broad street narrow mind 06/14/11 - 01:18 pm
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ok, professor riverman, why
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ok, professor riverman, why did georgia's flag change in civil rights times? why did these memorials go up in the years that they did?

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Riverman1 06/14/11 - 01:19 pm
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Keep in mind Brown v. Board

Keep in mind Brown v. Board of Education was about Kansas. Discrimination existed in the north and the south, although school desegreation was largely a southern matter. Which, of course, proves the point that the Civil War did little to stop discrimination.

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happychimer 06/14/11 - 01:23 pm
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My ggggrandfather, according

My ggggrandfather, according to the 1850 census, was a free mulatto, and owned land and 4 slaves in GA.. So not all blacks were slaves.

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Riverman1 06/14/11 - 01:24 pm
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BroadStNarrowMind...the truth

BroadStNarrowMind...the truth is the south was an apartheid system as South Africa was until relatively recently. The flag was most definitely changed to promote the segregationist view, but that's another subject.

The problems in Richmond County and counties all over the south come from the recovery from the legalized discrimination that segregation was. Blacks were held back in many ways and deserve assurances and help to let them catch up. No argument from me there.

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