Less than two days after protesters at the University of North Carolina’s flagship campus toppled a statue of a Confederate soldier a committee voted 10-1 on Wednesday to keep three Confederate monuments on state Capitol grounds.
However, a decision has been made to add context to three Confederate monuments. According to a spokesman for the North Carolina chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans he’s concerned about any “contextualizing” that will be added to the monuments because members of the North Carolina Historical Commission have personal agendas.
A spokesman for the North Carolina chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans says a decision to add context to three Confederate monuments on the state Capitol grounds is “the best outcome we could have hoped for under the circumstances.”
The commission agreed to keep three Confederate monuments on the state Capitol grounds while reinterpreting them with information on slavery and civil rights. It also recommended construction of a memorial to North Carolina black citizens.
A state Department of Cultural and Natural Resources spokeswoman said the commission and the department will work together to decide on language for markers. More
A North Carolina historical commission voted 10-1 on Wednesday to keep three Confederate monuments on state Capitol grounds. They voted to add context about slavery and civil rights and also build a monument honoring the contributions of black North Carolina citizens, according to the Associated Press.
This decision comes less than two days after the ‘Silent Sam’ rebel statue was toppled by protesters at UNC’s Chapel Hill campus Monday night and also after NC Governor Roy Cooper called for the Confederate statues to be removed from public property. On Wednesday Cooper said “we can document and learn from our history without idolizing painful symbols,” according to the Associated Press. State law prohibits the removal or relocation of such monuments.
Commission member Samuel Dixon said that the 2015 law limited what the commission could do. “I believe the monuments need to tell the truth and based upon the law that we have today I do not think we can move them,” said Dixon, an Edenton lawyer. “But I think we can … tell a better story and tell a full an inclusive story.” Dixon voted with the majority. More
They should immediately introduce legislation imposing harsh penalties for the vandalism or destruction of any monuments. Guaranteed, the left will try to attack them.
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