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It has come to the attention of the City of Thomasville that Black Lives Matter Greater Atlanta chapter will be departing from Atlanta today and arriving in Thomasville later this afternoon. According to their statement, they plan to hold a peaceful gathering outside the residence of Mr. Herbert Gilbert on Magnolia Street before returning to Atlanta this evening. The City of Thomasville is not aware of nor do we have any further information regarding demonstrations or marches that may be planned during the group’s visit to our community.

As the City has stated previously, we are sensitive to the community’s concerns. In addition, we understand that the community may want to express its frustration. We continue to ask that any demonstrations be conducted peacefully and respectfully. The City and the Thomasville Police Department will continue to provide a safe environment for our citizens, community and those who wish to demonstrate peacefully and respectfully.