The Athens-Clarke County Hall Commission Chambers were filled with silent protesters holding Linnentown signs on Tuesday, Feb. 4 to protest the local government and University of Georgia's removal of Linnentown's black community in the 1960s. Several of the protesters took the podium to voice their grievances to the ACC mayor and commission.
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The Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission passed the fiscal year 2021 budget, voted for the removal of the Confederate monument downtown and discussed a memorial project for the Linnentown neighborhood in a Thursday meeting.
On Wednesday, Athens Mayor Kelly Girtz delivered comments during the first meeting of the Athens Justice and Memory Project. It is the city’s first resident-led group seeking to raise awareness about the destruction of Linnentown.