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.