I agree wholeheartedly with the recent statement in the Augusta Chronicle by Beulah Nash-Teachey, president of the Augusta chapter of the NAACP:
“The Civil War is history. We cannot do anything about it but we can move forward in presenting a history of all people being welcomed and embrace the culture we have in the CSRA.”
So I would like to suggest an alternative to removing the Confederate monument on Broad Street – two statues!
The Confederate monument, aside from its controversial historical significance, is artistically one of the finest monuments of any kind in the Southeast and should be preserved for that reason if no other.
Of course its inscription, “No nation rose so white and fair…” is not acceptable, so let’s cover that with a plaque giving suitable context to the structure.
Then let’s build an equally grand monument elsewhere in the Broad Street median celebrating the heroes of the struggle for civil rights in America.
This pair of monuments together would be a remarkable testament to the history of our city and the United States and could be celebrated by all Augustans. Furthermore, I am confident that if the city government is unable to fund the construction of the new monument, then a public subscription could do so.