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Controversy Doesn't End With Integrated Plaque

A new memorial plaque is on display in Taylor County, but the controversy over two segregated plaques continues.

The NAACP has been asking Taylor County commissioners to remove the World War II plaques that hang in the courthouse. The plaques list black and white veterans separately.

Commissioners are hoping a third integrated plaque will end that battle. "It represents Taylor County, all of Taylor County coming together as one," said commissioner Patty James.

Taylor County Commissioners unveiled the new plaque at a ceremony honoring past and present veterans, like Reverend Weaver Smith Junior.

Smith's father is one of the veterans listed on the new plaque. He says the segregated plaques are a part of history. "I just hope the controversy will go away now, and the others will realize that here in Taylor County we are trying to become one unit here," said Smith.

But Georgia NAACP President Ed Dubose disagrees. He tells News Leader Nine quote:

"If the segregated plaques are still up, the controversy is not over. They need to come down. The NAACP will not stop until the plaques come down, and Maceo Snipes' killers are brought to justice. We appreciate the commissioners movement to bring the names together, but they haven't moved far enough."

Commissioner Patty James says the plaques can't be taken down because of a case law, and the integrated plaque will have to do. "But i'd just like to say I wish they would take the time to get to know us, find out what we're dealing with and what we're in need of in this county," said James.

Commissioner James says the commissioners unanimously decided to create the integrated plaque. She says the new plaque also has the names of some veterans who weren't included on the original plaques.

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