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Macon college hosts public forum on confederate monuments

Ellis: Time is right to move Confederate monuments

Former Macon Mayor C. Jack Ellis gathers two dozen clergymen to support his position that Confederate monuments downtown be removed from downtown Macon.
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Former Macon Mayor C. Jack Ellis gathers two dozen clergymen to support his position that Confederate monuments downtown be removed from downtown Macon.

A local college will address a hot-button topic during a free public event Wednesday.

Middle Georgia State University will host “Monument Forum: Artifacts, History and Heritage” at 6:30 p.m. in the Arts Complex Theater on the Macon campus.

Civil War historians Niels Eichhorn of Middle Georgia State, James “Trae” Welborn of Georgia College and Mark Smith of Fort Valley State University will lead the discussion. Attendees will be able to ask questions.

“We’ll address the recent incident in Charlottesville, Virginia, but also contribute to the broader conversation that communities across the nation are having about the meaning and placement of these monuments,” Eichhorn said in a release.

The event is hosted by the school’s history and political science department and its History Student Organization. For more information, email niels.eichhorn@mga.edu.

Andrea Honaker: 478-744-4382, @TelegraphAndrea

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