MACON, Ga. – Two Confederate monuments are being moved in middle Georgia’s largest city after relocation plans were stalled for years by lawsuits.

Crews began moving the monuments Wednesday, using $160,000 in private money raised by a community foundation.

The monuments are going to a park outside Macon’s Rose Hill Cemetery, where 884 Confederate soldiers are buried.

They have been located on two downtown streets.

The Macon-Bibb County Commission approved moving the monuments in July 2020 after years of advocacy.

A resident sued, saying the moves violated a Georgia law requiring Confederate monuments be relocated to places of “equal prominence.”

A judge eventually dismissed that suit.