Officials: Removal of Confederate monument in Pittsboro has begun – WRAL

It is time for the Confederate Monument in Rocky Mount to come down as well!

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PITTSBORO, N.C. — Officials said Tuesday night the removal of the Confederate monument outside the Chatham County courthouse in downtown Pittsboro has begun.

A press release from Chatham County Public Information Officer Kara Lusk Dudley says crews were working to “safely and respectfully dismantle the Confederate monument, which includes the statue and pedestal. These items will be transported to a safe location where they will be preserved and stored until such time as the Winnie Davis Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) finds a more appropriate location to place them.” (Click On Photo To Read Entire Article)

Judge rules Confederate statue in Pittsboro can come down – 11 ABC News

The Political Agitator’s response: It is past time that Rocky Mount NC remove the Confederate Statue at Battle Park right beyond The Rocky Mount Mills that is bringing life back to the Mills. The statue do not represent Unity and need to go. It is sad that as The Mills is bringing folk from all over to Rocky Mount as they leave out from the Mills a few feet there you have it. There were meetings held on the controversy around the statue so the Rocky Mount City Council need to give a report on the status.

PITTSBORO, N.C. (WTVD) — A Confederate statue in Pittsboro will be removed from the Old Chatham County Courthouse and historic museum grounds.
On Wednesday, a judge denied a request from the United Daughters of the Confederacy to keep the statue there.

The county gave the group until November 1 to remove the statue or it would take action. But last month, a judge blocked the county from removing the statue — until Wednesday.

The UDC argued through its attorney in court that taking the statue down would cause irreparable harm.
But Judge Susan Bray said she felt the United Daughters of the Confederacy did not provide sufficient evidence to support why the statue should stay. (Read more)

11 arrested in brawl near Confederate statue in Pittsboro – 11 ABC News

PITTSBORO, N.C. (WTVD) — Nearly a dozen people are facing charges after a brawl in Pittsboro during a Confederate Statue protest on Saturday.
The statue is slated to be removed after a judge determined earlier this month that the United Daughters of the Confederacy did not provide sufficient evidence to support why the statue should stay.
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News and Observer says the fight erupted at the statue when protesters against the statue’s removal complained about counter-protesters standing near a protester’s vehicle. (Read More)

Chatham County leaders vote to end agreement allowing Confederate statue on courthouse grounds – CBS 17

The Political Agitator’s response: This is a great move and should be done everywhere. Time to put these monuments where they belong.
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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)

Confederate monument in Winston-Salem removed after city calls it a ‘public nuisance’

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Confederate monument on the property of the old Forsyth County Courthouse in downtown Winston-Salem was removed Tuesday.

Mayor Allen Joines said the city will foot the bill for the statue’s removal and relocation to Salem Cemetery. He said he has not spoken to UDC members recently about the removal, but said this is the best compromise between the two parties.

City leaders said the monument is a safety hazard, and that it could lead to violence or more vandalism. They ruled the monument was a “public nuisance,” giving the city the authority to move it without filing a legal notice.

“We’d been working with the Daughters for over 16 months, basically, making the offer and laying out what we think is a very good solution to them and I think we continue to be concerned about the potential for violence that occurs there. The last act of vandalism which wrote on there, ‘Cowards and traitors’ was obviously done to perhaps incite one side or the other so we are just concerned that that might happen again and might really lead to violence so we feel like we should move forward as quickly as we can,” Joines said earlier this winter.

“I’m very pleased that both sides of this issue have remained calm and we’ve urged that, basically. We’ve reached a solution that recognized the strong feelings on both sides of the issue and we’ve arrived at a solution, in my opinion, that’s one that addresses those feelings in the best way possible,” Joines said.

Joines said he thinks the cemetery is the most appropriate place for the statue. (Read more)

A Confederate flag will be raised where Silent Sam once stood at UNC, group says – The Herald Sun

The Gate Keeper’s response: Wow! This is going to be interesting to see how this unfold.

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Silent Sam is gone from UNC-Chapel Hill, but protests are planned for Saturday afternoon where the Confederate statue once stood on campus.

A group called Heirs to the Confederacy said on Facebook it will raise a Confederate flag where the controversial statue perched on its pedestal for more than a century until protesters tore it down in August. The protest is set to begin at noon, and the group said it will raise Confederate flags elsewhere on campus and throughout Chapel Hill.

Two other groups, Take Action Chapel Hill and Defend UNC, created a Facebook event called “Racists out of UNC: Rally, Pledge Drive, Re-contextualization.”

UNC-Chapel Hill issued a statement Friday saying officials know about the dueling protests. (Read more)