Georgia House to consider replacing Confederate statue with statue of John Lewis

Posted 8 days ago

From THEHILL.COM

A bipartisan push in the Georgia legislature would replace a statue of Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens with one of the late civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) in the U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Hall.

State House Speaker David Ralston (R) will co-sponsor the measure with state Rep. Al Williams (D), according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The effort has secured bipartisan support among Georgia’s congressional delegation as well, with U.S. Reps. Tom Graves (R) and Sanford Bishop (D) both writing in support of it, according to the newspaper.

Gov. Brian Kemp (R) would have to approve the switch, but he has previously expressed support, as has Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan (R), the president of the state Senate.

“I like the idea [of changing the statues] very much,” Ralston said in July shortly after Lewis’s death. “I always admired Congressman Lewis and told him so many times. Georgia has a long history, so much more than just the Civil War, and Joh... (Read more)