Brunswick, GA

The Confederate monument in Hanover Square is under wraps — literally — to prevent what happened last year after a video showing the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery went public.

Crowds gathered last year to protest the way the investigation into the Arbery shooting was handled and one or more of those protesters defaced the monument with the letters BLM painted in several locations.

Brunswick Mayor Cornell Harvey said the plastic shroud that covers the monument, which has stood in the square since 1902, was placed there by people who want to protect it from further vandalism.

Harvey said the city still intends to remove the monument from the square at some time in the near future.

“We want to protect it before it gets removed,” he said. “There is someone who wants it. We’re trying to facilitate the move.”

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