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Resident asks Randolph County to replace Confederate statue

Posted August 10

Photo by Wesley Fennell from Facebook

— A request to remove a Confederate monument at a North Carolina county courthouse is a new entrant into the nationwide debate over the presence and preservation of such monuments.

WFMY-TV reports former local NAACP president Dr. Wesley Fennell asked Randolph County commissioners at their meeting Monday to remove the bronze Confederate soldier from the courthouse and replace it with one honoring the Quakers.

Randolph County Manager Hal Johnson says commissioners have not made a decision or discussed the issue yet. Johnson says Randolph County was part of an 1861 vote in which 90 percent of its citizens voted to stay in the Union. Johnson says the county's Historic Preservation Commission should compile the history and meaning of community monuments to provide information to citizens.

The statue was erected in 1911.

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  • William Sherman Aug 10, 10:07 p.m.
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    Tell you deniers of history that whe all the busts, statues, street names, buildings, etc honoring MLK are removed--as well as busts, statues ect of Obama are removed. This practice of denying our heritage and history will include the same treatment for King, Obama, etc.

  • Teddy Fowler Aug 10, 12:34 p.m.
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    well I suppose you could say they were traitors... but not treasonous as they were in the Confederate States.... but either way that point is not even the issue.... the people here in the south should be able to honor their soldiers who died in battle... for every war that the US has fought...

  • Scott Patterson Aug 10, 12:17 p.m.
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    by that logic they did commit treason, as they attempted to destroy the union. Which all states had signed into... Lets put it this way, founding fathers and America lose the revolution after "seceding" from England... you telling me they arent shipped back to England and hung for treason? Technically probably not treason committed by the South, in the actual definition of the word... but treasonous none the less on a wider scope.

  • Teddy Fowler Aug 10, 12:02 p.m.
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    When the South seceded and formed a new country, the inhabitants, if loyal to the South, renounced their U.S. citizenship. At that point they are no longer U.S. citizens and are incapable of committing treason.

  • Scott Patterson Aug 10, 10:47 a.m.
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    The current state of things in the USA shows people dont learn from history. Always a good concept buy never actually practiced. Tear them all down... this was treason pure and simple and we should not glorify or commemorate those atrocities to our nation. The same people who want these stautes to remain are the same ones killing the advancement of civilization.

  • Albert Holmes Aug 10, 9:42 a.m.
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    It is time to quit bowing down to the NAACP ! This statue represents a part of history ! No matter what you do you can not and should not erase history. History tells us where we have been and what road to take to the future ! Leave the confederate memorials alone !

  • Nancy Horne Aug 10, 8:10 a.m.
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    Perhaps being the first settlers of Randolph County were English Quakers might qualify?

  • Robin Cubbon Aug 10, 7:26 a.m.
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    i'd be interested in what the quakers did in that town. i find johnson's answer a dodge. the people that took that vote are long dead. and really? a history and meaning of monuments? i wonder if he asked at all about the quakers? perhaps they made a positive contribution worth comemorating.