Following the horrific incident in Charlottesville, Virginia, protest groups from across the nation have launched efforts to topple statues relating to the Confederacy.
One group in Atlanta, Georgia destroyed a statue they thought was honoring Confederate history; however, the statue was a “peace monument.”
Per Daily Wire:
Antifa protesters marched on Piedmont Park in Atlanta, Georgia this week, bent on destroying the “Confederate monument” they said was encouraging racism in their community. But it was only after they’d vandalized and spray-painted the statue that they realized it was a “peace monument” designed to encourage national healing in the wake of the Civil War.
Monday night, a crowd bearing signs that read “Defend C-ville” marched from one Atlanta park to another, demonstrating against the white supremacists who caused havoc in Charlottesville, North Carolina over the weekend.
Once they got to Piedmont Park, black-clad members of Antifa, attacked the statue, spraying it with paint, putting a chain around its neck, and attempting, unsuccessfully, to drag the giant statute off its base. When they realized they couldn’t topple the behemoth, they disbanded, but not before causing serious damage.
Members of the march left the statue vandalized, defaced and destroyed.
But, the statue was not erected to honor a former Civil War leader or General, but was a peace memorial to signify reconciliation following the war effort:
Unfortunately for Antifa, who were clearly to busy opposing fascism to read a plaque at the base of the monument (which is printed with the words, “Cease firing, peace is priceless,”) or do any basic Google research, what they thought was a pro-Confederate memorial turned out to be a monument to peace.
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The statue, which depicts an angel guiding a Confederate soldier to lay down his arms, was erected in 1911, well after the Civil War, and a part of an organized effort in Atlanta to encourage peace and healing in the wake of a bloody and destructive era in the state’s history.
Authorities in Atlanta say the statue suffered major damage in the melee, and they have yet to determine whether they can fix it, or whether it must be removed.