Chatham commissioners want courthouse Confederate statue moved – WRAL


PITTSBORO, N.C. — After months of often heated debate, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners decided Monday that a Confederate monument that has stood outside the county courthouse for more than a century must go.

Commissioners had been negotiating with the United Daughters of the Confederacy, which donated the statue to the county in 1907, in recent months to re-purpose it as a monument to all veterans. But the UDC backed out of the talks two weeks ago, so commissioners voted 4-1 to give the group an Nov. 1 deadline to come up with plan for the statue’s future.

After that, the commissioners said, they will consider the statue as trespassing on public property and make their own plans to remove it.

The vote was met by angry shouts from a handful of people in the crowd – one man called commissioners “traitors” – and a few people had to be forcibly removed from the meeting room. (Read more)

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