AME church bishop to give statement on Macon's Confederate monuments

Bibb County looks at moving Confederate statues

A bishop for the African Methodist Episcopal Church will be in Macon for a news conference giving a statement on Confederate monuments here.

Bishop Reginald T. Jackson is scheduled to speak at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Rosa Parks Square downtown. He will be speaking for the national AME Council and he represents the AME's Georgia district.

"The Council of Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church supports the national movement to remove all symbols and monuments to white supremacy," a statement from the church last week says. "The purpose of these symbols is to celebrate white power and its ability to keep "minorities" fearful, passive and powerless.

"These monuments may have a place in a museum of Confederate or Southern History, where they can be put in factual historical context. These monuments have no place in a nation made up of immigrants from ethnic groups from every  populated continent," the statement continues.

Bibb County Commissioners appear to have little interest removing or relocating Macon's Confederate statues.

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Macon College hosting forum on Confederate monuments

Middle Georgia State University has scheduled a public forum on Confederate monuments for 6:30 p.m., Sept 6 in the Arts Complex Theater on Macon Campus.

The event, hosted by the college's history and political science departments is being a called "Monument Forum: Artifacts, History, Heritage." It will feature a discussion led by three Civil War historians: Niels Eichhorn of Middle Georgia State, James ‘Trae’ Welborn of Georgia College, and Mark A. Smith of Fort Valley State University. Members of the audience will have ample opportunity to ask questions, according to a news release from the college.

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