Erasing Our History

Barb Wire

A homeowner in Lafayette, Georgia, has been ordered by the town’s housing authority to remove a Civil War historical display that he’s had on his lawn for three years, citing anonymous “complaints.” He says the purpose of the display is to educate townspeople and tourists about Walker County’s role in the war.

A North Georgia man said he is being forced to remove a Civil War display from his front yard. Kevin Smith spent the last three years building the life-size display to depict battles fought on local soil. Now the Lafayette Housing Authority wants the display removed.

Kevin Smith said the mannequins and Confederate flags have been in his front yard for three years. He said he has no plans on taking them down.

Confederate flags and mannequins depicting Civil War soldiers fill much of Kevin Smith’s front yard. He said each model and flag represents a certain battle. Smith said it’s his way of educating his community. “Presentation. I tried to put the display around town so tourist can see the history and draw tourism here,” said Smith.

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On Thursday, he received a notice from the Housing Authority saying the display “has to go” after complaints. “Complaints that the statues and confederate flag, and they would have to go.”

But it seems the local authorities don’t want this kind of education.

Liberals make war on the past. They make war on the dead, presumably because the dead can’t defend themselves. But what they’re really after is to do away with history, because they want us plebs to “know” only what they wish us to know, even if it isn’t true. One might even say especially if it isn’t true.

History is the human race’s memory. A person who has lost his memory has amnesia. It is a considerable disadvantage.

We’d better hold on to our history. A whole nation suffering from amnesia is easy pickings for its predatory leaders.

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Lee Duigon
Lee Duigon, a contributing editor with the Chalcedon Foundation, is a former newspaper reporter and editor, small businessman, teacher, and horror novelist. He has been married to his wife, Patricia, for 34 years. See his new fantasy/adventure novels, Bell Mountain and The Cellar Beneath the Cellar, available on

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