Confederate monument removed from McDonough’s town square

A Confederate monument that has stood in McDonough’s town square for more than 100 years is no more.

Crews began dismantling the structure around 10 p.m. Tuesday, dislodging the statute of Confederate soldier Charles T. Zachry near midnight. Crews came back Wednesday to finish the job after running into unspecified technical difficulties, the county said.

“The monument, whether for or against the removal, has created a tough dialogue about race relations and leadership opportunities,” Commission Chairwoman June Wood, who voted in favor of its dismantling, said in a Facebook post on Wednesday. “Let us continue these conversations while also offering positive solutions and shared goals to help us move Henry County in a positive direction together.”

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