Politics & Government

Savannah's Confederate monument is no more — kind of. And more changes are coming

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Savannah’s city council approved a handful of recommended changes to Forsyth Park’s Confederate monument on Wednesday.

The recommendations include: renaming the monument the “Civil War Memorial;” rededicating the monument to all who died in the Civil War and adding a plaque to reflect that; and relocating the busts of Confederate leaders Lafayette McLaws and Francis Bartow to Laurel Grove North Cemetery, the Savannah Morning News reported.

The new bronze plaque will read: "This memorial was originally erected in 1875 to the Confederate dead, redesigned in 1879, and rededicated in 2018 to all the dead of the American Civil War,” WJCL reported.

In Georgia, it’s illegal to move war monuments, Savannah Morning News reported. There is concern that removing and relocating the busts will be against state law even though they were not part of the original monument, so those changes won’t be made until the legality can be confirmed.

The other approved changes are now in the hands of the city manager’s office, WTOC reported.

Conversation was sparked concerning the changes in August 2017 following discord in Charlottesville, Va.

Savannah city leaders have also endorsed a name change for the Talmadge Bridge to the Savannah Bridge.

Joan McDonough: 843-706-8125, @IPBG_Joan