Sons of Confederate Veterans seeks to protect Broad Street monument

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 4:00 PM
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Carroll Nettles (from left) and Joe Winstead, members of Sons of Confederate Veterans, put a chain around the onfederate monument on Broad Street in an attempt to keep skateboarders from damageing the steps. The group also plans to install bricks around the monument inscribed with the names of veterans.  Jim Blaylock/Staff
Jim Blaylock/Staff
Carroll Nettles (from left) and Joe Winstead, members of Sons of Confederate Veterans, put a chain around the onfederate monument on Broad Street in an attempt to keep skateboarders from damageing the steps. The group also plans to install bricks around the monument inscribed with the names of veterans.

A century and a half after the American Civil War, Augusta’s Sons of Confederate Veterans has another fight on their hands – trying to protect the 1878 memorial monument from skateboarders.

“We’re just trying to preserve it,” said Quartermaster Joe Winstead, who spent two days this week on a project at the steps of the monument in the 700 block of Broad Street.

When it first became an issue, the group pulled more than $1,200 from its dues to put up short, thick posts and a heavy black chain around the 76-foot-tall Georgia granite and Italian marble monument. Winstead said he hoped it would prevent further damage. Instead it appears the barrier provides an additional challenge for the skateboarders.

“They have no respect,” he said of the monument that was dedicated in 1878. “When they chip off the steps, there’s nothing we can do. It’s gone forever.”

Already the steps are blackened and scarred from the frequent contact with the boards. The posts and fence, installed less than a month ago by members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, will also have to pulled up and replaced at members’ expense.

“Everything we’ve done came out of pocket,” Winstead said. “The city didn’t spend a dime, but we didn’t ask them to.”

On several occasions, members have spotted skateboarders at the site but have been unable to catch them.

Richmond County code 3-8-17 prohibits use of skateboards and skates on any street, alley, sidewalk, park, median or parking area between the levee and Walton Way and between Fourth and 15th streets. Anyone found in violation will be charged with a misdemeanor, officials said.

The members of the local chapter of Sons of Con­federate Veterans are working on another out-of-pocket project at the steps of the monument, but they’re concerned the new project could also be damaged if the skateboard vandalism isn’t stopped.

The members are filling in holes in the sidewalk where trees once grew and planning to add granite pavers in the gaps. Families can then purchase recognition for engraving an ancestors name for $50.

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Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 04/03/12 - 07:26 pm
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You know, sometimes the

You know, sometimes the private citizens need to do something that will benefit the common good of everyone else. If you see something going on, pick up a phone and call the police, or pick up a video camera and film them! People need to realize that it may be happening to an old monument today, but tomorrow it may be your car or front porch these disrespectful and selfish kids are skating over. This is a shame and I'm sorry these good people are having to put up with it.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/03/12 - 07:45 pm
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In all seriousness, move it

In all seriousness, move it to Patriots Park in Columbia County beside the other monument. You have to go with the flow.

double_standard
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double_standard 04/03/12 - 09:06 pm
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Those skateboard thugs will

Those skateboard thugs will do anything.

ringlett1
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ringlett1 04/04/12 - 06:15 am
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Arrest them if they have a

Arrest them if they have a scateboard within 2700 ft.

ringlett1
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ringlett1 04/04/12 - 06:21 am
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Sorry ,skateboard, it's 6:15

Sorry ,skateboard, it's 6:15 a.m.

SCruz409
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SCruz409 04/04/12 - 07:20 am
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How about when the old

How about when the old detention center is closed for good they tear it down and build a skate park...regularly patrolled of course. If the kids need a place to skate, give it to them. There is so much ugly junk in downtown Augusta that can be renovated or restored into something useful. The city seriously needs to clean up the problem is, they'd acutally have to invest in it and stop trying to make a $$ at every turn

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 04/04/12 - 08:13 am
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it's like the chronicle wants
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it's like the chronicle wants to show off on masters week how much we love two things: the confederacy (or "tradition") and south africa. they get it honest, golf fans.

iLove
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iLove 04/04/12 - 08:17 am
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If the city cared about its
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If the city cared about its citizens, a skate park would have BEEN built. GIVE THE KIDS SOMETHING POSITIVE TO DO! Or else...

Frankie-B
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Frankie-B 04/04/12 - 08:25 am
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I think any skateboarder

I think any skateboarder caught defacing public property should have their board sawed in half by the police, and then they should have to work beautification projects for 20 hours every weekend for two years. THAT would be a productive use of the time they're wasting skateboarding.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/04/12 - 08:28 am
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You can build one skate park

You can build one skate park or a hundred, but the skaters will skate some place else.

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 04/04/12 - 08:33 am
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you can build a hundred
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you can build a hundred confederate monuments, but sore losers will always blame others for their own craziness.

strib1
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strib1 04/04/12 - 08:51 am
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looks like somebody could get

looks like somebody could get fined and made an excample of then maybe they will respect history but some dont care........ do it a few time and let everyone know and maybe it will get better.... am sure there are plenty places they can make a rink out of ,,,,,??

PghSteelersFan
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PghSteelersFan 04/04/12 - 09:03 am
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Are you one of those who want

Are you one of those who want to move that monument or tear it down? Then turn your eyes toward Indianapolis, Indiana and tell them to tear down or move the monument in the center of their downtown. It is dedicated to the "War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865".
These types of monuments are located in every State that was part of the US during the period. There are some in the National Battlefields at Kennesaw and Lookout Mountain.
They are there as a reminder of what happened to this country. They are history and in their way they remind people that today, this is ONE nation, where ALL people are free and it is stronger than ever before.
As for the skateboards, there is a law on the books prohibiting their use, the police should enforce it better.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 04/04/12 - 09:14 am
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broad street, there is

broad street, there is nothing wrong with remembering the past. It is done everyday in text books, monuments, speeches, and even an entire month once a year which gets kind of old to me but what the heck. The fact still remains that the skate boarders are tearing up property that does not belong to them and that is wrong. You may not agree with the monument but it is theirs. History is history and let it stay that way never to be repeated again.

faithson
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faithson 04/04/12 - 09:25 am
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'none so white, so pure of

'none so white, so pure of crime'... (by memory) We need these memorials to remind us of times when men actually legislated the ownership of other human beings. Be you black, catholic or jew, these were times in America where outsiders were considered sub-human. Thank goodness for a 'progressive' movement that broke the legal chains that bound so many.

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 04/04/12 - 09:28 am
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that memorial is completely
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that memorial is completely ridiculous as is the group funding it and this editorial. of course it all is. was there just a new big ding in the marble this week? no, it's just a masters week story to show off how traditional we are. the chronicle loves to show off for visitors how things is here. the editorial on al sharpton makes about as much sense.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/04/12 - 09:42 am
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I love to see videos of

I love to see videos of skateboarders busting their butts trying to slide down a rail or jump something. Darwin's theory to eliminate the mentally deficient. But didn't the county used to have a skateboard park on Damascus Rd.?

Techfan
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Techfan 04/04/12 - 09:40 am
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Encase the entire monument in

Encase the entire monument in 6 inch thick steel box. Problem solved.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/04/12 - 09:40 am
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BSNM, it is kind of

BSNM, it is kind of incongruent to have a Confederate monument in a majority black city. When blacks gain control of the Commission, they will probably have it removed in any case. I'm serious about moving it to Columbia County where I live. We would appreciate and honor it.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/04/12 - 09:43 am
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I'll tell you what's

I'll tell you what's incongruent. It's those Sons of Confederate Veterans thinking they can stop skateboarders by putting up some posts and chains. Skateboarders do not respect other people's property rights; especially governmentally-owned property.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/04/12 - 09:44 am
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And we all know how derelict

And we all know how derelict city administrator Fred (What, me worry?) Russell is in his duty to protect city property.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/04/12 - 09:48 am
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Strib has a point with his

Strib has a point with his 8:51 post. They put the mug shot of the scalper in the paper today. Why not arrest a skateboader for violating the skateboarding ordinance and put his mug shot in the paper? But Russell does not care about protecting city property, except near Goodale Landing.

ATAXPAYER2
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ATAXPAYER2 04/04/12 - 10:49 am
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Some of the comments made by

Some of the comments made by *broad street narrow mind are absolutely uncalled for. History is history is history. How would you feel if someone yanked down the James Brown statue? History. It doesn't matter if you like it or not. I quite personally don't care that we have a statue to James Brown sitting downtown especially when I don't want my children to look up to someone who ran from the cops and stayed in trouble with police for some time back in the day. BUT...he is a part of history. Good, bad, or ugly we still need our history. Too many people want to make EVERYTHING a race issue. STOP IT!

ATAXPAYER2
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ATAXPAYER2 04/04/12 - 11:25 am
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It sounds to me like someone

It sounds to me like someone else (broad street narrow mind) has enough 'hate' for everybody. The comments being made are exactly the type of comments that perpetuate hatred so yes, I reported bsnm's posts. No one should be subject to that ignorance.

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 04/04/12 - 11:29 am
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james brown is a person. a
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james brown is a person. a monument celebrating "a nation pure and white and fair" is not. these monuments went up during reconstruction all over the south. it was resentment that drove the rash of them. also the civil rights act inspired stars and bars on state flags. these flags and memorials aren't from the time of the war and so aren't so historical at all. not sure how a comment like this gets deleted. fear of history while bemoaning fear of history? only in augusta.

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 04/04/12 - 11:33 am
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i love how resentment against
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i love how resentment against a memorial celebrating white dominance gets compared to a statue of a black individual. "you get yours, we get ours." um...

ATAXPAYER2
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ATAXPAYER2 04/04/12 - 11:49 am
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You know what, bsnm? You

You know what, bsnm? You truly are doing a wonderful job of showing your ignorance. Cudos!

The issue is not 'you get yours, we get ours'. The issue is simple... skateboarders are being disrespectful and damaging a local monument. You chose to infuse race and hatred into the conversation. My comparison is not 'time period v. person'...simply monument versus monument.

No monument, no matter the history behind it, should be damaged by vandals. The story did not elaborate on a black/white issue so why make this a black/white issue?

I really do feel sorry for you, bsnm. It is sad that you live with hatred and racism in your heart.

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debbiep38 04/04/12 - 12:24 pm
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BSNM, I'm going to bring a
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BSNM, I'm going to bring a Confederate flag downtown to be mounted at the top of the memorial. Will you help me? I'll hold the ladder for you.

debbiep38
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debbiep38 04/04/12 - 12:28 pm
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Techfan, you can help too.
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Techfan, you can help too. When the last plate is set you can crawl inside and hold it while I weld it up.

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