NAACP Objects to Marker (Part II)

Atlanta (WAOK)- There is more controversy surrounding the placement of a historical marker commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and the burning of Atlanta which signaled the beginning of the end of the war. That plaque has been placed in front of the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot  on Martin Luther King Boulevard.  Atlanta NAACP president Reverend R.L. White believes a better location could have been designated.

Todd Groce, president of the Georgia Historic Society feels the exact location of the marker placement is important.

Along with Groce’s argument former Ga Labor Secretary Michael Thurmond says we all need to learn more about the role African Americans played in the Civil War.

Even though the marker has now been placed in front of the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot, the Georgia Historical Society says it may be open to talks to change it’s location.

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  • Sarah

    I still say there is another location they can put this marker rather than on a drive named for Dr King…When are the South going to finally let it go that they lost the Civil War, and it was all over the Free Market Enterprise, enslaved blacks…

  • Parker

    Why is the NAACP mad about this…. Let’s be honest, William T. Sherman was a Union General ordering the destruction of a city that favored and supported slavery. The Union 1864 mainly was fighting for the abolition of slavery whether the individual soldiers supported abolition or not. I think that it is fitting that a plaque commemorating such a pivotal event in the war to end slavery be placed on a drive commemorating the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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