Church leaders rally to relocate Macon Confederate monuments

AME Episcopal church council on Confederate monuments

A church council gathered at the Government Center in downtown Macon to discuss the Confederate monuments in Bibb County.

Confederate monuments in cities across the US have been a hot topic all around the nation recently, and there have been protests and marches in areas like New Orleans and Charlottesville.

Wednesday afternoon, leaders of the African Methodist Episcopal Church Council of Bishops gathered to discuss why they think Macon's Confederate monuments should be moved to Rose Hill Cemetery.

Bishop Reginald Jackson says although the Civil War is a part of history, not all history should be celebrated.

"We insist that the 2 statues in Macon located in public squares be removed. We are not saying they should be destroyed or ripped down, but they should either be placed in a cemetery or placed in a museum," said Jackson.

Bishop Jackson and former Macon mayor C. Jack Ellis say Macon should follow in the footsteps of the other major cities that have removed the states but do it this time in peace.

"What better place to put them than Rose Hill cemetery, a public cemetery owned by the city of Macon where we have a space set aside? There are about 200 Confederate soldiers, so I can't think of a better place to put an unknown soldier, and that's statues of an unknown Confederate soldier," Ellis said.

During the rally, there were people who shouted from their cars for the church council to "go home."

Ellis and Bishop Jackson say they are unbothered by the pushback and will continue to fight to get those Confederate statues moved.

There were about 25 Georgia churches represented at the AME Church Council of Bishops Conference.

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