On November 6, Mayor Kasim Reed’s Confederate Monuments Advisory Committee recommended that ownership of the Lion of Atlanta monument and Confederate Obelisk be transferred from the City of Atlanta to Historic Oakland Foundation, which works in partnership with the City to preserve, restore, enhance, and share Historic Oakland Cemetery. In addition to transferring ownership, the committee recommends relocating the flagpole currently at the obelisk and providing information that puts the monuments in context.
Read a full summary of the committee’s recommendations in The Saporta Report.
Historic Oakland Foundation applauds the recommendation of Mayor Kasim Reed’s Confederate Monuments Advisory Committee as it pertains to the Lion of Atlanta and the Confederate Obelisk located in Oakland Cemetery. The process by which the Committee came to its conclusions was thoughtfully and meticulously researched; providing an inclusive environment for community input.
We look forward to working with the City of Atlanta on next steps. This includes finalizing the details pertaining to ownership of the artifacts and developing and installing materials that contextualize the monuments appropriately.
Historic Oakland Foundation