McDONOUGH — Removing the Confederate statue Tuesday night from the McDonough Square cost taxpayers $39,630.

The contract was signed on July 28 between Henry County and Roper & Sons, LLC. According to the agreement, the monument will be stored in a county-supplied storage building or container “until a new site is prepared.”

The slab on which the statue stood was left behind Tuesday night due to “technical issues,” according to the county. The job was completed on Wednesday.

Residents were alerted Tuesday evening at about 7:30 p.m. via the Henry County Police Department Facebook page.

Prior to its removal, HCPD declared the square a construction zone. Officers from Henry, McDonough Police Department and the Georgia State Patrol closed off the area and moved spectators a block away for safety reasons.

Roper & Sons, a crane company out of Covington, is familiar with the removal process. The company is the same that removed the statue in front of the Rockdale County Courthouse in Conyers and has submitted a bid to take down the monument on the Covington Square.

The statue was relocated just three weeks after the Board of Commission voted 4-1 to have it moved.

It’s unknown when, where or if the statue will be re-erected. During the July 21 BOC meeting, the first opportunity for the public to be heard on the matter, many suggested the monument be moved to a cemetery or museum.

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Like a thief in the night, under additional cover of the Wuhan, China pandemic, (Marxist) BLM supporting commissioners Vivian Thomas, Dee Clemmons, Bruce Holmes and Chairman June Wood continued their push to erase history they deem offensive here in Henry County. Let there be no mistake, this is right out of the communist playbook which also encourages book burning.

These are the same players bent on changing our form of government by incrementally turning over the reigns of control of HC to the majority unelected and controlled Atlanta Regional Commission. Drunk and getting drunker on their growing sense of power and control they stoke the once dormant fire of racism and division. None of the aforementioned represent a majority of the county but that does not deter them from altering our Constitutionally protected form of government which, in this writers opinion, violates their Oath of Office and can only be seen as an outright act of sedition. These are the same tactics Hitler used to gain absolute control over Germany.

Like a pot of water and live frogs, the heat can easily be turned up in small increments before the frogs even realize they are being boiled. By the time they do it's already too late.

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