Georgia Display Divides Veterans’ Names By Race


County calls plaque featuring White,’ Colored’ lists historical

BUTLER, Ga. – A display in a central Georgia community divides the names of 800 local veterans into two lists, marked in large type: Whites and Colored.

The display has been in the lobby of the Taylor County courthouse since 1944, honoring service members who fought in World War II. The two lists are mounted side by side behind glass in two large frames.

John Cole Vodicka, an activist from Americus, is organizing a rally Monday at the courthouse to persuade the county commission to take down the display.

They can’t obviously be proud of the fact that the plaques continue to stay on the wall, he said.

In January, the Taylor County Commission unanimously decided to create an integrated list, with all the names together, along with additional names that weren’t in the display designed before the war ended.

But the commission also decided to leave the Whites and Colored lists up in the lobby of the building.

If we erase everything we find offensive or don’t like, then it may happen again, said Sybil Willingham, chairwoman of the county’s Historic Preservation Commission…


The two existing lists are not to be taken down because it’s against the law and it’s historic, she said, citing a law that makes it unlawful for people to mutilate, deface, defile, or abuse public monuments honoring servicemembers.

Cole Vodicka said the county could ask for an exemption from the law and move the segregated display to a museum.

Our position has never been to suppress history, he said. It is an important part of the Southern history. Our position is the plaques don’t belong in a public place.


We See The World From All Sides and Want YOU To Be Fully Informed
In fact, intentional disinformation is a disgraceful scourge in media today. So to assuage any possible errant incorrect information posted herein, we strongly encourage you to seek corroboration from other non-VT sources before forming an educated opinion.

About VT - Policies & Disclosures - Comment Policy
Due to the nature of uncensored content posted by VT's fully independent international writers, VT cannot guarantee absolute validity. All content is owned by the author exclusively. Expressed opinions are NOT necessarily the views of VT, other authors, affiliates, advertisers, sponsors, partners, or technicians. Some content may be satirical in nature. All images are the full responsibility of the article author and NOT VT.
Previous articleOn This Veterans Day: A Summary Of Where Our Nation and Our Veterans Stand
Next articleState Bills to Cut Taxes For Military Sit in Senate