Mayor assembling group to review Confederate monuments, street names in Atlanta

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ATLANTA - Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed says the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia have brought renewed attention to street names and monuments linked to the Confederacy, with many elected officials, clergy and members of the public calling for their removal. 

Reed said we must continue to focus on making Atlanta a city for everyone. 

"Atlanta was burned to the ground during the Civil War, rose from the ashes and became the proud cradle of the Civil Rights Movement. Our city has shown that we can defy the darker shadows of our history. Today, our city is known across the country and world for being a beacon of equality, diversity and inclusion," he said. 

In a statement released Friday, Reed said he will assemble a group of advisors to recommend a process for the community to determine the future of each street name and marker. 

"We want to ensure that we approach this endeavor in a thoughtful manner. In the coming weeks, we will share more information about how concerned residents can support this effort," he said. 

We're learning more about the plan, for updates on Channel 2 Action News.

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