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.