The Augusta NAACP branch and a coalition of churches will hold a rally Thursday for the removal of the Confederate monument on Broad Street in downtown Augusta.
“When you look at the inscription on the monument, for Augusta to be the center of the Cyber arena, we’d like for downtown to be more inclusive of our entire community,” said Beulah Nash-Teachey, president of the Augusta branch of the NAACP.
Since the state NAACP conference called Wednesday for the removal of all Confederate symbols from state and local government properties, Nash-Teachey said she has been meeting with religious and citizen groups to gauge their interest.
“Everyone I have talked to is way ahead of me and the branch,” she said. “They really want the monument to be removed.”
The call to remove Confederate symbols follows a growing movement nationwide after last weekend’s violent protests in Charlottesville, Va., initially triggered by that city’s plan to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
Most Augusta elected leaders including Mayor Hardie Davis have been silent on the matter. City Commissioner Marion Williams said he fears violence will likely follow if a conversation about the monument is started.
Commissioner Dennis Williams said he expects counter-protesters to appear at the Thursday rally.
The rally is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at the monument, located in the 700 block of Broad Street.
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