Georgia city official resigns after Confederate shop reopens

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) - A city councilman in Georgia has resigned to protest the reopening of a Confederate souvenir shop that sells images with racial slurs and dolls and statues that caricature Black people, news outlets reported.

Kennesaw Councilman James "Doc" Eaton said he wanted no part of the city's decision to issue a business license to the downtown store. His resignation is effective on June 21.

"It breaks my heart to have to do it," Eaton told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Eaton's daughter, Cris Eaton Welsh, owns a chiropractic business across the street from the souvenir shop and said she plans to relocate.

"There's a difference between selling merchandise and propagating hate," Eaton Welsh said.

Wildman's Civil War Surplus reopened Tuesday after closing earlier this year following the death of its founder, Dent "Wildman" Myers, and the expiration of its business license, the AJC reported.

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