Former President Carter’s statue is now being targeted for removal in Georgia. Representatives with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Legislative Clergy Council and other local organizations are calling for it’s removal.
Pastor Sabrina McKenzie wants government officials in Georgia to remove all Confederate statues and put them in museums.
Atlanta mayoral candidate Ceasar Mitchell said both sides need to talk about the past and find a way into the future together.
“We’ve got to find a pathway to reconciliation, and I believe there’s no community or city better equipped than Atlanta to do that,” he said.
Carter was instrumental in officially restoring the full citizenship rights of former Confederate president Jefferson Davis, signing an act from Congress that ended a century-long dispute. Davis is most remembered today as one of the leaders of the Confederacy.
In posthumously restoring the full rights of citizenship to Jefferson Davis, the Congress officially completes the long process of reconciliation that has reunited our people following the tragic conflict between the States
President Andrew Johnson issued a general pardon on Christmas Day in December 1868 for all those who fought for the Confederacy, provided that anyone eligible applied for one.
It was actually Johnson’s fourth amnesty provision for Confederates, and it restored civil and property rights and provided immunity from treason charges.