As calls mount to have Confederate monuments and memorials removed in the wake of last weekend’s white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, VA, Mayor Kasim Reed said the City of Atlanta is reviewing the issue.

Here is Reed’s statement in full:

“Atlanta was burned to the ground during the Civil War, rose from the ashes and became the proud cradle of the Civil Rights Movement. Our city has shown that we can defy the darker shadows of our history. Today, our city is known across the country and world for being a beacon of equality, diversity and inclusion.

We must continue to focus on making Atlanta a city for everyone.

The recent tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia have brought renewed attention to, markings and street names around the county, with many elected officials, clergy and members of the public calling for their removal.

Atlanta has always been an intentional city. In keeping with this tradition, we plan to review all street names and monuments linked to the Confederacy. To do this, we will assemble a group of advisors to recommend a process for our community to determine the future of each street name and marker. We want to ensure that we approach this endeavor in a thoughtful matter. In the coming weeks, we will share more information about how concerned residents can support this effort.”

Calls have been made to rename streets around the city, including Confederate Avenue in Grant Park, and the removal of an obelisk outside the old DeKalb County Courthouse in Downtown Decatur. You can read more about that here.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.