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Confederate Monument turns 100
Celebration is Saturday
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In this photo provided by Statesboro historians Del Presley and Smith Banks, the monument and courthouse are shown in 1910, about a year after it was dedicated. - photo by Special
    An important moment in Bulloch County history will be noted Saturday as  local Confederate historical reenactors and members of the Ogeechee Rifle Camp 941 Sons of Confederate Veterans hold a ceremony recognizing the 100th anniversary of the installation of the Confederate monument on the Bulloch County Courthouse Square.
    The ceremony will be held at 3 p.m., said Mike Mull, member of the Ogeechee Rifle Camp 941 Sons of Confederate Veterans.
    The statue of a Confederate soldier, standing facing south, was erected in 1908 by members of the Statesboro Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, he said.
    While there is no longer a local chapter, regional members of the  United Daughters of the Confederacy have been invited to attend, he said.
    The group raised $2,000 — a whopping amount for that day and age — to erect the statue, Mull said.
    The group held bake sales and collected funds, but according to a story in "Statesboro: Century of Progress 1866-1966," a letter to the editor of the Bulloch Times by  Jacob Rocker, Adjutant of the Statesboro Camp of Confederate Veterans,  did much to encourage citizens to donate to the cause.
    McNeel Marble Company of Marietta was commissioned to build t he monument, which stands on a "25-foot shaft of marble," according to information from "Images of America: Bulloch County," by Dr., Delma E. Presley and Smith C. Banks.
    Mull said reenactors plan to conduct a 21-gun salute Saturday in recognizance of the 100th anniversary of the statue's installation.
    The ceremony will be "short but at the same time, informative and entertaining," he said.
    "We want the public to be up to speed on the history ... that we all share ...  that should not be forgotten ... should not be put on a back burner," he said.
    The public is invited to attend the ceremony.
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