Present is worst of times for historical markersBreaking News
The actual marker was knocked off the post by a truck last summer, and the state doesn't have $300 to fix it.
"The problem is we don't have a marker shop to repair or replace it," said Linda Moye, who oversees monuments and signs at the state Department of Natural Resources. "We had a budget cut a few years ago so we don't have a marker shop, and there's no money in the budget for repairs."
Moye said that up to 50 historic markers across the state are missing or have been taken down for maintenance. Several were in the repair shop when the money ran out and are still there. The state files insurance claims when it knows the driver or vehicle that damages a marker, but most times the signs are victims of hit-and-run accidents. Just in Fulton County, 10 markers are down, and the reasons for their demise vary, Moye said.
Some historic markers could disappear and few people would care. The Surrender of Atlanta sign isn't one of them.
"This marked the site of a vital part of our history," said Sen. George Hooks (D-Americus), one of the Legislature's leading historians. "It marked the place that was the turning point of the War Between the States."
comments powered by Disqus
- Rise of Donald Trump Tracks Growing Debate Over Global Fascism
- Tales of African-American History Found in DNA
- History Celebrates New Show Roots With Project to Digitize Post-Slavery Documents
- In 1453, this Ottoman sultan ended Christian rule in Constantinople. But was he a good Muslim?
- Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation among documents sold for $6.2m in New York
- History Relevance Campaign meets at the Smithsonian
- Bernard Lewis Turns 100
- Jean Edward Smith, biographer of FDR and Ike, has a new biography coming out … of George W. Bush
- Flora Fraser, biographer of George and Martha Washington, wins $50,000 George Washington Prize