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Hillsborough to remove 'Confederate' from museum

Posted July 14, 2015

The Orange County Historical Museum in Hillsborough wants the words "Confederate Memorial" removed from its facade. The words date to the building's previous use as a Confederate library during the segregation era.
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— The Hillsborough Board of Commissioners voted Monday to remove the words "Confederate Memorial" from the front of the building that houses the Orange County Historical Museum.

Museum officials in May asked for the words to be taken off the building's facade, saying it is confusing to patrons and could dissuade some from entering, thinking the museum is dedicated to history of the Confederacy instead of the history of Orange County.

The town-owned building, at 201 N. Churton St., dates to 1934 and was originally a whites-only Confederate memorial library, and the history museum moved into the building in 1982.

During a public hearing last month, the Board of Commissioners heard from people who wanted the words to stay as well as from those who want them removed.

After Monday's vote, the board submitted an application for the removal to the Historic District Commission. The commission needs to review whether the change, including signage to note the historical significance of the building, would fit the nature of Hillsborough's historic district.

Museum officials have noted that the words "Public Library" were previously taken off the building facade.


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  • Amy Clayton Jul 15, 2015
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  • Gen Lee Jul 15, 2015
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    If are talking of slavery/racism then the entire US has to be ashamed. The South was not the only place to hold slaves/racism. The entire country did. So stop blaming the South

  • Paul Jones Jul 14, 2015
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    Both liberals and conservatives use the term 'political correctness'. However, you have a point that it's conservatives that use it more.

    I have a theory about that. I think it's that conservatives hold onto their beliefs. They value them. They stand for what they believe in and are stubborn to change their convictions.

    And those are good things.

    Liberals, on the other hand, remind me of the 1960s hippies. They are more free spirited, don't hold onto their values and beliefs systems, and follow whatever the popular trend is.

    There's no changing the way people are, but there are definitely stark contrasts like these. I find humor in conservatives "sticking to their guns" (traditions) and liberals being intolerant with them while proclaiming that conservatives aren't tolerant.

  • Sherrill Craig Jul 14, 2015
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    Actually, you would be incorrect. Construction of the building known as the Reichstag began well after the unification of Germany in 1871. The official German reunification ceremony ( uniting East und West Germany) was held at the Reichstag building in 1990. Guess you are not aware of Germany History.

  • Sherrill Craig Jul 14, 2015
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  • Djofraleigh Anderson Jul 14, 2015
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    Most people in NC are not from NC anymore. ~When will the south learn to be ashamed of their past?~

  • Sarcoi Dosis Jul 14, 2015
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    So, we are going to Sweep the Civil War away. Maybe erase it from the history books? I suppose that the Lincoln Memorial will need to be renamed as well? Just call it, The Memorial..

    Where does it end? This country is so preoccupied with making everyone Happy, that Ultimately, No one will be happy.. We continue to turn a blind eye to Serious problems in favor for blaming symbols, and objects...

    At some point in History, everyone's relatives were Slaves of some sort. There are more than 3 million slaves on the planet still today.

  • Raleigh Rose Jul 14, 2015
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    If you actually look at why they want to take the word Confederate off it makes sense if, and this is a big if, you let yourself see reason and see past your knee-j@7k reaction. The building used to be a whites-only library named Confederate Memorial Public Library. Although, it really wasn't 'public' was it? Anyway, it's now a history museum for Orange county. I can see where having 'Confederate Memorial' on the building would confuse people. It sounds like they just want the building named more accurately for what it actually is now. We need to learn from the past, not live in it.

  • Robin Cubbon Jul 14, 2015
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    sounds more like accuracy than political correctness if it really isn't a confederate museum. i never hear nonconservative people use the term 'political correctness'. when i do hear it it is accompanied by a mocking tone. what is wrong about considering the feelings of other citizens? i just don't get wanting to be rude and ugly because one doesn't want to change one's words or actions to be respectful. why consciously choose to be so negative?

  • Mike C Jul 14, 2015
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    No, but they still have the concentration camps as a reminder of the past and nobody is trying to shut them down. They serve as a reminder of the way it was and as a deterrent to keep it from happening again.