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College Students Take Aim At Atlanta’s Henry Grady Statue

Henry Grady was a 19th century newspaper editor who advocated for a “New South” after the Civil War.
Henry Grady was a 19th century newspaper editor who advocated for a “New South” after the Civil War.
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Some Georgia State University students are demanding that Atlanta’s mayor remove a prominent statue of Henry Grady from downtown.

Grady was a 19th century newspaper editor who advocated for a “New South” after the Civil War.

An editorial Tuesday signed by the student newspaper’s board and other student groups calls Grady a racist.

They want the statue relocated to the Atlanta History Center, but if Georgia law won’t allow that, they’ll accept a new marker explaining Grady’s beliefs.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms did not return calls and emails seeking comment.