Wow. As a person who lives on the outskirts of Atlanta and visits the city often, I find this extremely unsettling. I cannot tell you how many times I have attended a festival or indie concert at Piedmont Park. I have gone on evening dates with my boyfriend through the beautiful park and come to see the breathtaking Christmas displays in December.
Now, that beautiful piece of the city has been destroyed by idiot thugs and protestors who don’t even know what they are protesting! All they know is that there are some protests in other states where they are destroying statues. They have been told that they need to join in because everyone is a Nazi out to get them.
I’ll give you a wild guess at who may have told them those lies….
As if it was not bad enough, the scumbags also destroyed a peace monument, thinking it was a confederate statue. All I have to say is WOW. They’re fighting over something (based on lies) and aren’t even smart enough to know what a Confederate statue looks like, compared to a peace monument.
That alone just goes to show you that they are misinformed!
— Ryan Kruger (@Ryan11Alive) August 14, 2017
“The Atlanta march traveled from Woodruff Park to Piedmont Park Sunday, where some damaged the Peace Monument, erected in 1911,” a blog on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution website said. “The sculpture features an angel standing above a Confederate soldier, guiding him to lay down his weapon.”“When the Civil War broke out, members of an Atlanta militia called the Gate City Guard were among the first to take up arms against the North,” the AJC blog said. “Afterward, some survivors became part of what would eventually become the Georgia National Guard.”
“Others, who felt they were too old to fight any longer, took up the cause for reconciliation,” according to AJC.
“These guys realized a national healing needed to take place,” Thornton Kennedy, a history buff in Atlanta, said about the inspiration or the Peace Monument.
“They organized a peace tour of the North, which is really remarkable,” Kennedy said. “These were guys who fought in the Civil War, against Union troops.”
“They would go meet with Union soldiers and began to repair those fissures the war created,” Kennedy said. “It speaks to what we call the Atlanta spirit.”
“No one, of course, suggests that 1911 Atlanta was the progressive bastion of equality, diversity and inclusion that modern-day Atlanta enjoys,” the blog said. “Jim Crow was the law of the land back then. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was decades away. Women were still nine years from having the right to vote.”
The AJC stated, “The Peace Monument erected that year was something of harbinger of Atlanta’s reputation during the 1960s Civil Rights era as the ‘City Too Busy to Hate.’”