Confederate statue will be restored after weekend George Floyd protests in Chattanooga

Staff photo by Troy Stolt / A protester writes "America was never great" on a statue of Confederate general A.P. Stewart outside of the old Hamilton County Courthouse on Sunday, May 31, 2020 in Chattanooga, Tenn. Sunday was the second day of protests in Chattanooga over the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers.

Hamilton County crews worked Monday to repair damage to county property that occurred over the weekend during a series of protests against police brutality. Included in the damage was spray paint covering the base of the statue of Confederate Lt. Gen. Alexander P. Stewart outside the Hamilton County Courthouse.

The Rev. Charlotte Williams, vice chair of the Unity Group, which fights for African American representation, said that while she would like to see the statue ultimately removed, the bust of Stewart represents a deeper problem that needs to be addressed.

"Sure, we want all those statues down, but the hatred that has been displayed for the last 400 years is not because of just symbols," Williams said. "It's in the people's hearts and minds."

Protesters spray painted a large X over the inscription at the base of the statue, which displayed Stewart's name along with "C.S.A.