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Georgia ‘Genocide Cannon’ To Be Removed From Public Square

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at October 12, 2021

Topline

The county commission governing DeKalb County, Georgia, voted unanimously Tuesday to remove a monument activists have dubbed the “genocide cannon,” which was the site of protests Monday over its claimed ties to the Indian War of 1836.

Key Facts

The cannon has been in Decatur Square in Decatur—a suburb east of Atlanta—since the United Daughters of the Confederacy placed it there in 1906.

An engraving on the monument claims the cannon is a relic of “the Indian War of 1836,” in which federal troops and militias put down an uprising of the Muscogee people—also known as the Creek—during a time of forced removal via the Trail of Tears.

It’s unclear if the cannon was even used in the conflict or if it was even legally placed in the square back in 1906, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

What To Watch For

The cannon has to be removed in the next 90 days, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and the county plans to ask for its “rightful owners(s)” to obtain it.

Key Background

Activists gathered near the cannon to protest its removal on Monday—a day many states and localities recognized as Indigenous Peoples Day. That name has become increasingly common for the second Monday in October over the past several years, instead of Columbus Day, amid a reevaluation of the importance of Christopher Columbus in American history. Critics of the traditional holiday point out that Columbus never set foot on the North American mainland, and he ushered in an area of brutal treatment of native peoples throughout the Americas, though Columbus Day remains an official holiday at the federal level. The Muscogee were one of several tribes the U.S. government forcibly removed, primarily relocating them from the southeastern U.S. into Oklahoma. It’s unclear exactly how many Native Americans died along the Trail of Tears, but the National Park Service estimates around 3,500 Muscogee perished during the journey.

Further Reading

DeKalb will remove ‘genocide cannon’ from Decatur Square (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Here are the indigenous people Christopher Columbus and his men could not annihilate (The Washington Post)

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