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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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)

Silent Sam pedestal removed after order from UNC Chancellor Carol Folt, who is stepping down – The Herald Sun

The Gate Keeper: Thank you Chancellor Carol Folt because Dr. King said, “The Time Is Always Right To Do What Is Right! Right to the On!
Overnight, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill removed the pedestal that once held the Confederate statue Silent Sam.

That move came in conjunction with Chancellor Carol Folt saying she would step down this year.

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UNC Chancellor Carol Folt announces her resignation and removal of Silent Sam pedestal – News & Observer


UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt, in a surprise announcement late Monday afternoon, said that she will resign after graduation this spring.

In a statement, Folt also said she had ordered the removal of the pedestal that held the Silent Sam Confederate monument.

“As chancellor, the safety of the UNC-Chapel Hill community is my clear, unequivocal and non-negotiable responsibility,” she wrote. “The presence of the remaining parts of the monument on campus poses a continuing threat both to the personal safety and well-being of our community and to our ability to provide a stable, productive educational environment. No one learns at their best when they feel unsafe.” (Read more)