ATLANTA — Confederate Memorial Day and Robert E. Lee’s birthday no longer appear on Georgia’s official 2016 state holiday calendar, according to a story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
While state employees will still enjoy those two days off, they are each now listed simply as “state holiday.” April 27th has traditionally been observed as Confederate Memorial Day, while the day after Thanksgiving honors Robert E. Lee, even though his actual birthday is in January.
“There will be a state holiday on that day,” Governor Nathan Deal’s spokesman Brian Robinson told the AJC. “Those so inclined can observe Confederate Memorial Day and remember those who died in that conflict.”
Confederate symbols have come under increased scrutiny across the south since Dylann Roof was accused of killing nine people inside Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17th. Roof was seen in multiple social media posts posing with the Confederate Battle Flag, which led directly to its removal from the South Carolina Statehouse grounds.