A statue honoring Henry W. Grady is the focal point of Marietta Street just a few blocks from the Five Points area in downtown Atlanta, Tuesday, June 6, 2006. In September 1906 several days of rioting engulfed the area and three bodies were dumped at the base of the statue by riotors. On Thursday, June 8, a preview of "Red Was The Midnight: The 1906 Atlanta Race Riot," an exhibit of photographs, documents and illustrations recalling the riot, will open at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site _ not far from where the violence unfolded 100 years ago. (AP Photo/Ric Feld)

ATLANTA — Some Georgia State University students are demanding that Atlanta's mayor remove a prominent statue of Henry Grady from downtown.

Grady was a 19th Century newspaper editor who advocated for a "New South" after the Civil War.

An editorial Tuesday signed by the student newspaper's board and other student groups calls Grady a racist.

They want the statue relocated to the Atlanta History Center, but if Georgia law won't allow that, they'll accept a new marker explaining Grady's beliefs.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms did not return calls and emails seeking comment.

The Associated Press

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