The Georgia Department of Natural Resources removed a historical plaque earlier this summer because a resident complained that the writing on the monument was offensive.
Downtown Augusta was home to the historical William Makepeace Thackeray marker for over sixty years. The British author wrote about his visit to Augusta in the 1800's.
DNR released a statement today addressing the artifact's removal:
"Early this past summer staff from Historic Preservation Division, acting in response to a complaint filed by a local citizen, removed a historic marker installed in Augusta in the 1950s by our predecessor agency, the Georgia Historical Commission. The citizen who complained objected to a line on the marker quoting the British author William Makepeace Thackeray, who had written about his visit to Augusta in the 1850s. Thackeray wrote 'Slavery no where repulsive, the black faces invariably happy and plump…'. In 2001 revised marker language was developed that kept the gist of Thackeray's account. However, the revised marker was apparently never cast. DNR has committed to recast the marker and install it. This will probably take 4-5 months, depending on how busy the foundry is that manufactures the markers. The agency is working to identify funding for the new marker, which will probably cost $3,000-$3,500. This situation has also illustrated the fact that DNR needs to develop a review protocol involving upper management for markers. We are currently working on this and anticipate instituting it within the next 30 days."
Augusta residents say they're just glad that the offensive language is gone