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Controversial fence in Camilla cemetery comes down

A controversial fence at Camilla's Oakfield Cemetery came down Thursday. / Mary Green

On Monday, Camilla's mayor and a city councilman ended their month-long protest of city council meetings. Three days later, they achieved one of their goals of the protest.

Mayor Rufus Davis and City Councilman Venterra Pollard were protesting what they said were segregation and discriminatory acts in the city, including the allegedly segregated Oakview Cemetery.

The fence that they said divides where black and white people are buried came down on Thursday.

Davis and Pollard came out to the cemetery Thursday evening to see the fence and celebrate its removal.

They were joined by their lawyer, civil rights attorney Ben Crump, as well as members of the community.

But Davis said there is still more work to be done at this time in Camilla.

"The next step is to, as I mentioned, to eradicate the fences of segregation throughout the city, to make sure everyone is included, and to come together and kind of celebrate that accomplishment and learn to live together," Davis said.

Segments of the fencing were still lying on the ground at the cemetery as of Thursday night.

At this time, it is unclear when the entire fence will be removed.


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