Georgia officials call for end to Confederate holidays, plates

Georgia state Sen. Vincent Ford Provided

ATLANTA — Georgia activists say the state should end holidays celebrating the Confederacy.

State Sen. Vincent Fort, an Atlanta Democrat, said he’s developing legislation for the next session to eliminate Confederate Memorial Day and Confederate History Month.

A man accused of killing 9 people in a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, has been shown in photos with the Confederate battle flag. Officials across the country have called for the removal of Confederate flags and symbols.

Gov. Nathan Deal said this week he would seek a redesign of a Sons of Confederate Veterans’ specialty license plate. Fort said the governor should eliminate it.

The specialty plate wasn’t listed on the state Department of Revenue’s website Friday. A spokesman for the agency didn’t immediately respond to a request for more information.