Man sues to stop Georgia city from moving Confederate statue

MACON, Ga. — A middle Georgia man has filed a lawsuit to stop the city of Macon from moving a Confederate statue away from a downtown intersection. The Macon-Bibb County Commission agreed last week to move the statue to a park near a cemetery, saying it’s part of a street improvement plan. Martin Bell sued Monday in Bibb County Superior Court, arguing the move would violate his rights. Bell wants a judge to stop the move and order Macon-Bibb County to pay him damages. Lawyer Walker Chandler tells WMAZ-TV that Bell’s suit aims to keep the monuments from being moved from “places of honor” and “stuck out near the cemetery.”

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