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County supervisors meet, small protests continue outside courthouse

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors met on Wednesday to hear from four concerned citizens, who all asked for District 1 Supervisor Harry Sanders’ resignation, and to discuss making a county-wide mask requirement.

 


 

District 5 Supervisor Leroy Brooks sits in the corner while the other four county supervisors sit at the table during the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors meeting on Wednesday at the Lowndes County Courthouse. Brooks has decided to sit apart from the other supervisors for the last three meetings because he does not want to share a table with District 1 Supervisor Harry Sanders, who made racist comments about African Americans being “dependent” since slavery after the June 15 supervisors meeting. / Photo by: Claire Hassler/Dispatch Staff

District 5 Supervisor Leroy Brooks sits in the corner while the other four county supervisors sit at the table during the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors meeting on Wednesday at the Lowndes County Courthouse. Brooks has decided to sit apart from the other supervisors for the last three meetings because he does not want to share a table with District 1 Supervisor Harry Sanders, who made racist comments about African Americans being “dependent” since slavery after the June 15 supervisors meeting.

 

Rebecca Bailey shows people a mask she made that has “Fire Harry” written on it during the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors meeting on Wednesday at the Lowndes County Courthouse. Bailey lives in district 1of Lowndes County, which is Supervisor Harry Sanders’ district. Bailey asked Sanders to resign because of his racist beliefs. Bailey also said the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library asked her to donate her mask to their archives documenting the removal of the Confederate monument from the courthouse lawn. / Photo by: Claire Hassler/Dispatch Staff

Rebecca Bailey shows people a mask she made that has “Fire Harry” written on it during the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors meeting on Wednesday at the Lowndes County Courthouse. Bailey lives in district 1of Lowndes County, which is Supervisor Harry Sanders’ district. Bailey asked Sanders to resign because of his racist beliefs. Bailey also said the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library asked her to donate her mask to their archives documenting the removal of the Confederate monument from the courthouse lawn.

 

Harry Sanders listens as Rebecca Bailey, not pictured, asks him to resign because of his racist beliefs during the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors meeting on Wednesday at the Lowndes County Courthouse. Bailey lives in Caledonia, which is in Sanders’ district. / Photo by: Claire Hassler/Dispatch Staff

Harry Sanders listens as Rebecca Bailey, not pictured, asks him to resign because of his racist beliefs during the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors meeting on Wednesday at the Lowndes County Courthouse. Bailey lives in Caledonia, which is in Sanders’ district.

 

Sheriff Eddie Hawkins speaks about the potential county-wide mask requirement that was up for discussion during the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors meeting on Wednesday at the Lowndes County Courthouse. Hawkins said it would be difficult for his department to enforce a mask requirement. Supervisors did not pass a requirement but said they would revisit the topic during the next supervisors meeting on August 3. / Photo by: Claire Hassler/Dispatch Staff

Sheriff Eddie Hawkins speaks about the potential county-wide mask requirement that was up for discussion during the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors meeting on Wednesday at the Lowndes County Courthouse. Hawkins said it would be difficult for his department to enforce a mask requirement. Supervisors did not pass a requirement but said they would revisit the topic during the next supervisors meeting on August 3.

 

Jermaine Shanklin stands outside the room where Lowndes County supervisors meet to demand District 1 Supervisor Harry Sanders’ resignation during the supervisors meeting on Wednesday at the Lowndes County Courthouse. Shanklin has held the megaphone and led chants at all four of the protests calling for Sanders’ resignation since his racist remarks were published on June 16. / Photo by: Claire Hassler/Dispatch Staff

Jermaine Shanklin stands outside the room where Lowndes County supervisors meet to demand District 1 Supervisor Harry Sanders’ resignation during the supervisors meeting on Wednesday at the Lowndes County Courthouse. Shanklin has held the megaphone and led chants at all four of the protests calling for Sanders’ resignation since his racist remarks were published on June 16.

 

Jermaine Shanklin leads people from the front of the courthouse to the back parking lot so they could be near the room where county supervisors meet during the supervisors meeting on Wednesday at the Lowndes County Courthouse. About 30 people came to protest, which was the fourth gathering demanding Sanders’ resignation in response to racist remarks he made after the June 15 supervisors meeting. Around 100 people attended each of the previous protests. / Photo by: Claire Hassler/Dispatch Staff

Jermaine Shanklin leads people from the front of the courthouse to the back parking lot so they could be near the room where county supervisors meet during the supervisors meeting on Wednesday at the Lowndes County Courthouse. About 30 people came to protest, which was the fourth gathering demanding Sanders’ resignation in response to racist remarks he made after the June 15 supervisors meeting. Around 100 people attended each of the previous protests.

 

 

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