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Wednesday, 16 September 2020 17:01

Rockingham Confederate monument moved from square

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Rockingham Confederate monument moved from square Leah Melvin - Richmond Observer

ROCKINGHAM — After sitting in downtown Rockingham for 90 years, a monument to Confederate soldiers has been removed.

The monument was lifted onto a flatbed trailer from its spot in Harrington Square on Wednesday afternoon.

Assistant City Manager John Massey said the monument was being moved into storage.

The monument was erected in 1930 by the Pee Dee Guards of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

City Manager Monty Crump’s decision was announced before City Clerk Sabrina McDonald read aloud several emails asking for the monument’s removal, including one from someone who had started a petition to have it moved from public .property.

On Aug. 17, Crump announced that VFW Post 4203 had requested to take possession of the monument and place it in Richmond County Veterans Memorial Park.

The monument was found vandalized on Sept. 5.

On the north-facing side, which reads “LEST WE FORGET,” the first two words were marked through, with the word “Don’t” and the letters “BLM” — an acronym for “Black Lives Matter” — painted above and below the last word, to read: “Don’t FORGET BLM.”

The word “CONFEDERACY” was marked through the inscription on the south-facing side, as was the Confederate battle flag at the top.

UPDATE: 5:30 P.M.

Crump said the trailer was taken to the VFW and will sit on the trailer until it can be placed in the park.

He said there was not yet a cost estimate for the removal.



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