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Vandals splash paint on Confederate monument, WWI cannon

February 5, 2019

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Vandals splashed paint on a Confederate monument, a nearby World War I cannon, and another cannon near Atlanta.

A spokeswoman for the city of Decatur tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the vandalism was discovered Sunday and almost all the paint was cleaned off Monday.

The Confederate monument is a 30-foot-tall (9-meter) obelisk. It was splashed with red paint. Blue paint was thrown onto the World War I cannon, on the other side of the Old County Courthouse in Decatur Square. The second cannon was splashed with green paint.

The county commission has been trying for more than a year to move the obelisk from the square, but its options are limited by state law. DeKalb County commissioners have approved placing a historical marker nearby that acknowledges lynchings in the county.

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Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com

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