Petition Started To Remove Confederate Soldier Statue In Statesboro
James Woodall, a Georgia Southern University student, has started a petition at change.org asking Bulloch County Commissioners to remove the confederate soldier statue from the Bulloch County Courthouse lawn in Statesboro.
The statue, often called the “Silent Sentinel” or “Single Soldier,” was placed in 1909 by members of the Statesboro Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Recently, a fence and plants were placed around the statue to prevent people from sitting on or defacing the statue.
The petition page at change.org states:
“It is time for the statue of the Confederate soldier on the lawn of the Bulloch County Courthouse to come down. It is a symbol of oppression and continued systemic and institutionalized racism in Bulloch County.”
Rev. Jane Page, a minister at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Statesboro, added the following as her reason for supporting the petition:
“This statue represents a sorrowful time period in our history when many of our white ancestors fought for a ‘way of life’ which was meaningful to them; but horrific for fellow human beings. Sadly, their eyes were not opened at that time to the evils of slavery. Certainly we have now learned that they were caught up in an economic system that perpetuated this evil and were blinded by it. But haven’t we now seen the light of truth? Aren’t we a better society? Isn’t it time to quit glorifying this ‘lost cause?’ The continuation of these symbols of glorification fan the flames of hatred and racism that some still worship. Let us begin the conversations that will move us forward.”
This comes as South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has called for the removal of the confederate flag from the South Carolina capitol.