Confederate Statue

A replacement Confederate monument dedicated in 2010 is seen in front of the Franklin County courthouse in Rocky Mount.

Many residents spoke up at a public hearing concerning a Confederate monument in front of the Franklin County courthouse in Rocky Mount at the Franklin County Board of Supervisors meeting July 21.

Both sides on the issue made their voices and opinions heard.

A replica of the statue was rededicated at the site in 2010 after the one erected in 1910 was destroyed in 2007 from a vehicle accident.

Bridgette Craighead challenged the board to “vote to do the right thing for African-American citizens in this community” and promised she will not rest until the statue is removed from the front of the courthouse and Rocky Mount “steps into the future,” which features equal justice and opportunities for all its citizens, not just the majority.

Dr. Francis Amos was one of the citizens who voiced an opinion to have the statue stay in place. He also was one of the people who spoke at the dedication ceremony for the replica statue in 2010.

“To justify the removal of Confederate statues, it’s claimed they represent hate and an attempt defaults to white supremacy; this statue does not represent either,” Amos said. “It was erected solely for the purpose to memorialize in the memory of family members who served in the Confederacy. Yes, slavery, which we regret, was a prominent issue in the Civil War, but that issue was settled by the war.”

There’s more to this story in the current issue of the Smith Mountain Eagle newspaper. Pick up a copy or subscribe at www.smithmountaineagle.com/subscriber_services to view the full article in the print and/or e-edition version.

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