SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The City of Savannah has received the results of the survey regarding the Confederate Memorial standing in Forsyth Park. Citizens were able to comment on the city council's decision to potentially re-purpose the monument, a decision that came shortly after one woman was killed in protests surrounding a statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville.
The city gave citizens an opportunity to provide comment through letters, emails, and an online survey. Officials explained their information gathering process in a release sent by the city:
The results of the survey revealed that the majority of submissions want to see the City Council to not do anything to the monument and leave it alone. Residents voted 1,564 time to 'do nothing' compared to 878 votes to change the memorial, while non-residents voted 1,961 times to 343 'to do nothing'.