McDONOUGH — The Col. Charles T. Zachry Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) Camp 108 of Henry County led a rally Thursday evening against removing the Confederate monument from the McDonough Square.
The Henry County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 on July 7 to have the statue removed from the square within 60 days. Since then, the SCV has requested a restraining order and the Georgia Minutemen have requested an injunction in Henry County Superior Court, both seeking to stop the removal of the statue.
Between 75-100 people attended the peaceful rally Thursday evening, some carrying signs and others holding state flags and the Confederate battle flag.
SCV Camp 108 Commander Tony Pilgrim and 2nd Lt. Commander Tim Culbreth spoke about the history and meaning behind the Confederate statue. Located in the center of the McDonough Square, the statue was erected in 1910 by funds raised through the Charles T. Zachry Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy to honor local Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War.
Culbreth said the statue is a memorial to the soldiers who fought and a reminder to the descendants of those soldiers of their bravery, dedication and heritage.
“We’re not out here to start a war or disgrace any race,” Culbreth said. “America was founded on the backs of soldiers, and this monument seeks to honor them.”
Pilgrim talked about the traditional values that the United States was formed on and said this issue needs to be resolved through talking, not fighting.
“We’ve got to stop people from being at each other’s throats,” he said. “We need to sit down and have an open, honest dialogue with one another.”
Culbreth urged those present to send the Henry County Board of Commissioners letters and emails and let them know how they feel about the issue.