COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson is responding to the local chapter of the NAACP after their request for all Confederate symbols in Muscogee County be removed immediately.
"Mayor Tomlinson, these reminders have no place in the city of Columbus. That ole tattered Confederate flag and monument erected by the Ladies Memorial Association, next to Colonel W.L. Salisbury's marker MUST come down," said Tonza Thomas, the NAACP Columbus Branch President.
The local NAACP branch president also says they are faced with symbolic reminders of horror and hatred of many of their ancestors as they walk on the 700 block of Broadway.
According to Mayor Tomlinson, after investigating the memorial on Broadway, she does not advocate its removal.
She released the following statement as to why the memorial will not be removed:
Several Confederate monuments across the county have been removed since the Charlottesville deadly rally.