The statue of Tom Watson is probably the most offensive of several offensive men honored at the capitol. There is also the Klansman governor (Gordon), the one time traitor to the United States and segregationist governor and father of another governor who participated in the Leo Frank lynching (Joe E. Brown, father of Joe M. Brown), and there are the segregationist stalwarts Eugene Talmadge and Richard Russell.
Besides these, there is a tiny almost ramshackle monument to Georgias African-Americans, and one (in an out of the way spot) for a president (Jimmy Carter), a relative progressive (Arnall) and a little replica of the Statue of Liberty.
There is no statue honoring perhaps the most famous Georgian of all, Martin Luther King Jr.
Saying that you can't judge men based on the times absolves one of the responsibility to take action based on integrity (rather than worship of dead ancestors).
I wrote about these things at my one blog entry werneratlanta.com if you want to see more about these men.
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