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Source: Weekly Banner
Source type: newspaper
Document type: editorial
Document title: “An Unwise Suggestion”
Author(s): anonymous
City of publication: Athens, Georgia
Date of publication: 20 September 1901
Volume number: none
Issue number: none
Pagination: [4]

“An Unwise Suggestion.” Weekly Banner 20 Sept. 1901: p. [4].
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McKinley memorialization.
Named persons
Jefferson Davis; William McKinley.


An Unwise Suggestion

     The Atlanta Journal suggests that the people of the south rear a monument to the late President McKinley. The suggestion is unwise and should not be adopted.
     The south laments the death of McKinley. Our tears are mingled with those of the north in this solemn hour. But there is no use in calling on the people of the south to rear a monument to his memory, until they have done their duty to their own immortal dead.
     Twelve years ago the soul of Jefferson Davis entered upon its eternal reward. During the time that has elapsed since that day there have been efforts made to raise money with which to erect a monument to his memory. Affairs have dragged wearily along and no monument yet marks his resting place in Richmond.
     Georgia has many distinguished sons whose names deserve to be perpetuated in marble, but the people of Georgia have never pulled together and subscribed the money with which to rear monuments to their memory.
     It would be a graceful thing for the south to honor the memory of McKinley with a monument, but she would lose her self respect in doing so before she fulfills her duty toward the memory of the dead leader of the Confederacy and others of her distinguished sons.
     Monuments are but outward evidences of affection. It is a far greater monument for a man to live in the hearts of his people. It will not require a monument to perpetuate the memory of Jefferson Davis or of William McKinley. But if the south is to erect monuments let her do so in the proper order.



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