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(The Brunswic News) A local Sons of Confederate Veterans camp and a few individuals have again sued Brunswick for the city’s removal of a memorial to Confederate soldiers in Hanover Square.
The suit was filed more than a year after the Georgia Court of Appeals confirmed Superior Court Judge Anthony Harrison’s ruling that the plaintiffs lacked standing to sue. The plaintiffs in the new suit assert that, as residents, voters and taxpayers, they are stakeholders with standing to sue over the city’s “illegal” removal of the statue and pedestal.
In its ruling confirming Harrison’s order of dismissal, the appellate court wrote “none of the plaintiffs have alleged they are stakeholders to whom the city owes a duty.”
The Brunswick City Commission maintained the city had no ownership interest in the statue, which had stood in a city park since 1902 before its removal in May 2022. In the original suit, members of the Thomas March Forman Camp #485 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans said the city owned the statue and, because it was the property of a government, a Georgia law prevented its removal. Under the leadership of former commander…City residents file new suit over Confederate monument | Local News | thebrunswicknews.com