Lawsuit Filed in an Effort to Get Confederate Memorial Restored in Lawrenceville
Curt Yeomans, Gwinnett Daily Post, April 15, 2023
Confederate groups, along with two Gwinnett County men, are suing county leaders in an effort to get a Confederate memorial restored on the Lawrenceville Square.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Wayne Stancel, Wayne Bagwell, Sons of Confederate Veterans Major William E. Simmons Camp No. 96, and the Georgia Division of Sons of Confederate Veterans Inc. in Gwinnett County Superior Court and assigned to Judge Tadia Whitner. Stancel, Bagwell and the Sons of Confederate Veterans are asking the court to order the Confederate soldiers memorial, which was removed by the county and put in storage in 2021, be restored to its former location.
The lawsuit is actually a refiling of a lawsuit which was file in Superior Court last year. The refiling reflects the Georgia Supreme Court ruling from last year that opened the door to let residents of a county sue their local government to have a Confederate monument, that was taken down by the county, put back up.