NAACP Objects to Marker (Part 1)

ATLANTA (WAOK) Martin Luther King Jr Drive will soon see a commemorative marker that is not sitting too well with local NAACP leaders. To mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War a marker will be placed outside of the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot that will tell the story of the burning of Atlanta. Atlanta National Association for the Advancement of Colored People President Rev R.L. White says he understands and respects the right to honor historical events, however, he would have preferred a different location for the Georgia Historical Society marker.

“It seems to be honoring something that reminds us of some tragic occurrences that happened to our people at the time. The whole war itself centered around the slave issue,” said White. “We accept that it’s history but would like to see it done somewhere else than the heart of the civil rights historic district. It’s kind of tragic that the state is choosing that location.”

Historical Society officials will unveil the marker at 11 a.m. Monday.

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  • Sarah

    When are the people in the south going to stop this foolishness of the confederacy Civil War from coming up? You dont see this sort of re-inactment being done in the North and they won the war…This was a treasonous offense for these people to undertake in separating from the union, andwe have allowed them for over one hundred fifty years to keep up their re-inactment and other nonsense that has been ongoing, now they want to dishonor Dr King with puting a marker on a drive named for him? This is the ultimate insult to his memory. How about the marker being placed somewhere in Kennessaw civil war site or Stone Mountain Park with the other so-called civil war heroes?

    • Char

      Thank you for your contribution, Madame History Revisionist.

  • Michael Slipher

    History should ONLY be remembered if Al sharpton and Jessee Jackson are first consulted to make sure it is remembered the way THEY want it remembered.

  • Gene

    There are a lot of things that the NAACP does that I object to but their constant messing with history makes me weary. The organization may have had some use at one time but is nothing more than a bunch of self-serving “leaders” who have found that they can make a living from complaining. Same with the SCLC. Shut up already and get a real job! Atlanta was burned by a military force that was not fighting to free slaves but rather to force “change” on a way of life that had existed for years. Kinda like the “change” that we are facing now with the current leadership in our Federal Government.

  • Terry

    What does this marker say that is offensive to the NAACP?

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