NAACP plans vigil to rally support for removal of Confederate statue at Hamilton County Courthouse

A bust of Confederate Lt. Gen. Alexander P. "Old A.P." Stewart is seen outside of the Hamilton County Courthouse on Wednesday, Aug. 16, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The Chattanooga chapter of the NAACP plans to hold a candlelight vigil on Sept. 9 in front of the Hamilton County Courthouse to rally community support for the removal of the statue of Confederate Gen. Alexander P. Stewart that sits on its front lawn.

The vigil will be held in front of the courthouse at 7 p.m.

"We will have ministers and clergy praying over our city," said NAACP Chattanooga President Elenora Woods, adding that the message of speakers at the vigil will focus not only on the removal of the bust, but "all injustices and discrimination" against people of color and those who are poor.

Woods also announced the launch of a petition to move the statue. She said NAACP members gathered about 100 signatures on Saturday and added an online form of the petition to the NAACP website Monday.

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