Civil War statues need context, should be moved – Rocky Mount Telegram


As North Carolina grapples with whether to move three Confederate monuments from the state Capitol grounds, two historians say they should be moved _ but if that can’t happen, some historical context should be added so people can learn from the past

By MARTHA WAGGONER
The As­so­ci­ated Press

Sunday, April 15, 2018

RALEIGH — As the state grapples with whether to move three Confederate monuments from the state Capitol grounds, two historians are advising that they should be moved — but if that cannot happen, some historical context should be added so people can learn from the past.

“It would seem those monuments to the Confederacy are as public a statement as can possibly be made about who and what North Carolina is,” wrote David Blight, a history professor at Yale University. “If it is possible to move them to a prominent place that would allow their interpretation as part of Southern, American and North Carolina history, it would seem to me to be a good idea. But don’t erase them from the landscape. Replace, but learn. Relocate but do not lose the lessons.” (Read more)

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