Sheriff’s office will close section of Broad Street for Confederate monument rally

A man walks along Broad Street in view of Augusta’s Confederate monument in July 2017. HEIDI HEILBRUNN/SPECIAL

In anticipation of a rally Thursday at the Confederate monument in the 700 block of Broad Street, both sides of the street in that block will be closed at 5:30 p.m., the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office said in a tweet Tuesday.

The Augusta chapter of the NAACP has a permit to hold the rally at the monument at 6 p.m. The group is calling for the monument to be removed.

The sheriff’s office said it hoped to have the streets reopened by 8:30 p.m. when presumably the rally will be over.

Reach Tom Corwin at (706) 823-3213 or tom.corwin@augustachronicle.com

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