State officials will kick off a month-long series of community meetings across the state on Tuesday to gather feedback from residents about a proposed monument on the State Capitol grounds to commemorate the achievements of African-Americans in North Carolina.
Gov. Pat McCrory recommended in late October that the N.C. Historical Commission endorse the idea of a new monument on the Capitol grounds. The plan, supported by members of the historical commission and the N.C. African American Heritage Commission, would end a 25-year moratorium on the construction of statues on the State Capitol grounds.
“I can’t think of a more appropriate way to recognize the contributions of African Americans to North Carolina’s history than a monument at the State Capitol,” McCrory said in a press release announcing the meetings last week. (News & Observer)