CONYERS — The Sons of Confederate Veterans, Major General Joseph Wheeler Camp No. 683 of Conyers has filed a notice of appeal with the Georgia Court of Appeals on the dismissal of a lawsuit against Rockdale County Commission Chair Oz Nesbitt Sr. in reference to the removal of the Confederate Veterans Monument in Conyers on June 30.

The monument honoring Confederate veterans was located on Main Street in Olde Town Conyers between Court Street and Milstead Avenue, next to the Rockdale County Courthouse, and was erected in 1913.

In the midst of protests following the May killing of George Floyd, a number of monuments, memorials and statues across the United States were removed, many of them related to the Civil War. Some were defaced, burned, and/or destroyed by angry mobs, while others have been removed legally, and the push is on to remove more.

Georgia Senate Bill 77 was passed last year to actively protect all government statues and monuments, including prohibiting the removal of Confederate monuments. But the bill also allows a local government seeking to relocate a monument to place it in a “site of similar prominence.”

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