Statue of Tom Watson to Be Removed from Georgia Capitol

Doug Richards, 11 Alive (Atlanta), October 22, 2013

Gov. Nathan Deal quietly signed an order this month to remove the controversial statue of Tom Watson from the prominent west side entrance of the state capitol building.  But not because of the controversy.

Watson was a late-19th century and early-20th century state lawmaker and member of Congress who, critics say, represented the worst of Georgia politics in the post-Reconstruction era.

Gov. Deal ordered the relocation not because of the decades-long controversy over the statue’s prominent place, but because the state is planning “big renovations on the steps on that side” of the Capitol, said Deal’s spokesman Brian Robinson.

The Governor’s order will relocate the statue to Park Plaza, which is across the street from the Capitol.  The State says moving the statue back to the Capitol after the renovations is not possible because it would be too expensive.

“Tom Watson was a first-class hater and it wasn’t just Jewish people, he hated Catholics and Black people too,” said Anti-Defamation League southeastern director Bill Nigut, in a 2010 story on 11 Alive News.

Watson was a prominent voice in the buildup to the 1915 lynching of Leo Frank, a Jewish businessman convicted of murdering of Mary Phagan. “His anti-Semitism and racism was particularly vile,” said Sen. Vincent Fort Monday.  Fort says Watson whipped up racist sentiment that led to a riot in Atlanta in 1906.


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  • Jesse James

    Wonder if I could get it, I would be glad to set in up in my yard.

  • Alfred the Great

    I like this guy!

  • Garrett Brown

    Thomas Watson was a true American.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    “His anti-Semitism and racism was particularly vile,” said Sen. Vincent Fort Monday.

    So they disagree with his politics today, therefore, he must be flushed down the memory hole.

    Fort says Watson whipped up racist sentiment that led to a riot in Atlanta in 1906.

    Al Sharpton did the same thing, but I don’t hear anyone calling for his resignation from CNN.

    Disgusting hypocrites all.

    • So CAL Snowman

      It’s the same thing that blacks do when they take over a formerly pristine White city. They re-name all of the streets after black communists and thugs. But hey when White people gentrify black hell holes that were once nice White enclaves, the blacks squeal and screech about having “their history” erased. The hypocrisy of the liberals and blacks is mind numbing and the fact that they do not even understand or recognize this hypocrisy automatically means that they are severely lacking in intelligence. It makes sense though, look at how many idiot lefties graduate from college with a liberal arts degree and end up living at home with mommy and daddy, or are forced to work at Star Bucks or Trader Joe’s while trying to pay off 100K in student loans.

      • Tim_in_Indiana

        As Jared Taylor likes to say, they believe things so obviously wrongheaded that only very intelligent people could convince themselves that they’re true.

  • bigone4u

    Too expensive to move the statue back inside? Come on, Gov, you have to do better than that. The money wasted on welfare payments to blacks would take care of it just fine.

  • joesolargenius

    They actually named a watermelon after him which is called the Tom Watson , and was considered one of the best Watermelons to plant back in the sixties because of it’s large size. I hope to plant and harvest a crop of them the next time I get a piece of land to farm , as long as people are eating Tom Watson watermelons this man will not be forgotten..

  • Chris

    If only we had politicians like him today.

  • Jesse James

    Let me get something straight Leo Frank was guilty as sin for murdering Mary Phagan, I will post an article on the case that maintains the Georgia jury got it right.

    Tom Watson published an article that did help incite the lynching because Jews and their northern allies had succeeded in getting the outgoing governor to commute his sentence from death to life imprisonment. Georgians were concerned that he would be pardoned and released all together. What all those who slander Georgians fail to ever mention is that there were 20 other girls who worked at the pencil factory who gave testimony that Frank had approached or touched them in an unwelcome and aggressive sexual manner. Leo Frank thought his job as manager of the factory and the fact that he was a prominent Georgia Jew (President in 1912 of the Atlanta B’nai B’rith chapter) meant it was OK for him to sexually abuse poor Southern goyim.

    Unfortunately for him Georgia was still led my men who identified with the Southern people. The lynch mob that went and got him wasn’t a mob at all. It was a group of some of the best men in the state, including a man who would be twice governor and at least two sheriffs. The group carefully planned and carried out their mission which was to carry out the execution that had been sanctioned by a jury verdict. Those men knew that they had a responsibility to the young white women of our state to protect them when they could and punish their tormentors if all else fails. Being Jewish is not a “get out of jail free” card. It disgust me that liberals and modern Jews have turned Frank into some kind of poor martyr. He was a would be rapist and a murderer and decades later when his wife passed away she refused to be buried in the plot next to her criminal husband.

    • Jesse James

      This is a great article that tells the truth about the Leo Frank case.

      • joesolargenius

        Thanks for the education ,I just read that story and now understand this article in a better way.

    • Jesse James

      In case they take forever to approve the posting of the link you can search:

      “100 Reasons Leo Frank is Guilty” The American Mercury, October 2013

    • Luca

      I am confused. Was he a prominent Jewish businessman or a pedophile and a murderer?

      I guess it depends on what you read and what you believe to be true.

      • Jesse James

        Why does it have to be one or the other? He was both.

        • Luca

          I guess my sarcasm wasn’t strong enough.

          • Jesse James

            Nope, it sounded surprisingly clear, fair minded and balanced. It just surprised me that you said it.

      • joesolargenius

        Justice Ginsberg is a Supreme Court Judge who has openly advocated for lowering the age of sexual content down to fourteen , I wonder why ?

        • Katherine McChesney


          • joesolargenius

            Female Homosexuals also have a woman girl organization and back when I was an activist fighting child porn we came across a website called Puella which was ran by a woman whom advocated that it was okay for women to sexually desire pre pubescent girls ( nine year olds)

    • Mergatroyd

      Thanks you for that. I’ve read that article and others like it that are very well researched. Guilty Leo Frank tried to blame the murder on the black janitor and that is what should be pointed out repeatedly. Leo Frank is certainly no martyr and, according to the article, his own wife refused to be buried next to him.

      • Jesse James

        Your welcome. Decades ago at UGA I had a southern history class and the professor went into some detail about the Frank case. It never made sense to me as I had never heard of much antisemitism in Georgia. I knew that a Jew, Judah Benjamin had held several important cabinet positions in the Confederate government so I didn’t believe that there was that much public dislike of Jews in general. I always wondered if southerners were so damned prejudiced and hateful towards blacks that they didn’t just hang the janitor. Current historians and liberal southern hating rabble-rousers just can’t seem to get their heads around the concept that a southern jury might have actually been interested in seeing true justice done.

        • Brian

          Southerners made a Jew their Secretary of the Treasury: Judah P.
          Benjamin was the first Jewish appointee to any Cabinet position in any North American government. Benjamin also served as Attorney General, Secretary of State, and Secretary of War for the Confederate States of America. He was so highly regarded that his portrait graced the paper money of the South.

    • Mergatroyd

      incogman [.] net/2013/08/the-rape-and-murder-of-little-mary-phagan/

    • dukem1

      I guess you’re saying it’s not the IBM guy.

  • Spartacus

    “Watson was a prominent voice in the buildup to the 1915 lynching of Leo
    Frank, a Jewish businessman convicted of murdering of Mary Phagan.


    Killing a jewish pedophile ? My kind of guy . By the way, this was Mary Phagan :

  • Homo_Occidentalis

    The fact that such ghetto slang as “first-class hater” was used in an official communication from the ADL demonstrates the mental caliber of the individuals who comprise the organization. As to the statue: another day, another brick of our white American cultural foundation yanked away by means of subversion. What else is new?

  • MekongDelta69

    I guarantee you that if it was a statue of St. Martin, it wouldn’t be touched. They’d rebuild the entire city of Atlanta, before they touched his statue.

    I also love the way the idiot MSM always portrays whomever they don’t like as “controversial.”

    • Brian

      They’ve even shoehorned an exhibit section on MLK and the C.R.M. into the Margaret Mitchell House/Museum, even though it has nothing to do with Gone With The Wind.

  • The should replace it with a monument to Julie Love, Eve Carson, Jennifer Ross, and Brittny Watts, and engrave it with the new mantra as a warning to all future generations of White girls that the black death surrounds them at all times.

    Carry, loaded.

  • Oldcorporal

    Any time any agent of government says something is “too expensive” to do, you know for damn sure that they’re lying.

  • So CAL Snowman

    “Tom Watson was a first-class hater and it wasn’t just Jewish people, he
    hated Catholics and Black people too,” said Anti-Defamation League
    southeastern director Bill Nigut, in a 2010 story on 11 Alive News.”

    A first class hater? Such eloquence and prose from the ADL. The ghetto babble of the streets has infected the ADL, how appropriate!

    • “Hateration” is the ghetto parlance these days.

      As oppose the “Haterade,” the energy drink for discriminating bigots everywhere.

      • Katherine McChesney

        ‘hate on’ is another ghetto phrase that Whites are picking up and using in their comments. It aggravates me to no end that Whites adopt this garbage language of blacks.

    • Jesse James

      You want to know an interesting fact about Watson? OK I’ll tell you anyway. He was a populist who tried to get a third party off the ground in Georgia in the 1890s. He worked for years trying to convince black farmers to throw in their lot with poor white farmers as they had many similar class interests and were being taken advantage of by the same types of people – including many of the businessmen who were in the process of creating the “New South”. He really threw himself into trying to build a coalition with the blacks and he suffered a lot of abuse from whites because of his efforts. Finally after a couple of humiliating losses which he felt were mainly suffered because he couldn’t get the blacks to see reason he became angry and embittered and turned his back on them. He resented blacks because he thought they were too stupid to realize that they were being manipulated by the Democratic Party to support politicians who were working against their best interest. That led him to give up on inclusive Populism and by 1904 he was calling for disenfranchisement of black voters and for a new whites only Populism. He was also an opponent of the rising socialist and communist groups because he believed they were competing for the loyalty of the same people who were needed to make American Populism work.

  • Brady

    One fact that hasn’t been mentioned… the ADL was originally formed for the purpose of defending Leo Frank.

    • Jesse James

      Interesting I didn’t know that, thanks.

    • Sue

      Like the KKK was set up to protect white families but they don’t publicize either group. The first someone might side with, the latter to cover completely what they’re doing. Wouldn’t want anyone to have that knowledge now would we?

  • Spartacus


    • Mergatroyd

      Beautiful photo of a beautiful young girl. It is she that deserves to be remembered with a statue, along with Tom Watson, instead of Leo Frank who murdered her. BTW, I heard a new PC- approved movie is in the works that “proves” Frank was innocent.
      Hollywood revisionism again.

      • Xerxes22

        If Hollywood does make such a film, then they will have to rewrite history. There is no way a Black man can be guilty of murdering in young White girl in a modern Hollywood movie. The perp will have to be a White male.

  • Mergatroyd

    Somewhere between the capitol and Park Plaza that statue will go missing.

  • Some Guy

    Coming soon, another monument to MLK. Surprise surprise, take a look at Sen. Vincent Fort

  • Extropico

    What do Georgians have against a great PGA tour champion.

  • Sue

    I guess it doesn’t matter that Frank did it, only that sentiment was “whipped” up because he did it.


      It’s the one characteristic that is present in the Liberal left’s mind no matter where they are from. They always try to make the victim into a perpetrator and the perpetrator into a victim. Their entire world view is completely sdrawkcab-ssa,,,, ugh,, oh you what,, sorry, that must have been some of the Liberal brainwashing we all received in school surfacing again. What I meant to say was that their entire world view is completely ass-backwards, not sdrawkcab-ssa!


    Wow, what a complete coward. Yeah, “we’re only moving it to do renovations but returning it to it’s rightful place would be just too expensive”. A typical politician, if you’re going to move it, move it. But for Christ sake show a little spine and at least be truthful as to why you’re not going to be returning it to it’s rightful spot! Although I hate the “he’s trying to have his cake and eat it too” saying, I think in the case of this spineless Governor it fits quite well. Coward!

    • Brian

      Reminds me of the stunt Gov. Perdue pulled with the old GA flag:

      Having won office after promising to let the citizens of Georgia vote to determine their flag,
      Perdue signed legislation for a flag referendum in 2004. The choices
      given to Georgia voters were a modified version of the First National
      Flag of the Confederate States of America with the Georgia State Seal
      prominently displayed inside the circle of the 13 stars, or the version
      of the flag created in 2001 by the Roy Barnes
      administration. (The nickname of this flag was the Barnes flag or
      Barnes rag). Perdue angered some Georgians when the 1956 flag was not a
      choice on the ballot after promising throughout his campaign that the
      ’56 flag design would appear in any referendum. However, Perdue was
      faced with a Democratic House that would not consider having the 1956
      flag on the referendum and he needed support for the new tobacco tax he
      wanted to pass.

  • me

    Leo Frank….a vile crime that’s still used as an ‘example’ of ‘anti-Semitism’. Meh….that’s the reason the statue was removed.

  • Jim G

    An objective reading of the Leo Frank case shows that Frank was indeed the murderer. Frank had powerful friends in New York. He also could put pressure on the then
    governor of Georgia, John M. Slaton.

    Frank had high priced NewYork legal counsel that tried to throw the blame on Jim
    Conley, an innocent Black man. The Georgian “racist” jurors would not buy ploy the evidence against Frank was ironclad.

    But had the defense’s strategy of throwing an innocent Black man to the “racist” wolves worked, we would be reading today about how the “racist” jurors convicted and innocent Black man.

    If Mary Phagan had been murdered by a gay we would be reading today how the “homophobic” jurors convicted and innocent gay man.

    But since the murderer was Jewish we read how the “anti-semitic” jurors convicted an innocent Jewish man.

    • Jesse James


  • wayne carver

    In other words, our ancestors were, in the opinion of blacks and jews, evil people. Come out and say it so the people will know how to respond, with an enthusiastic “Go to hell!”.