Removal of the Confederate Statue from Rutherford County Court grounds

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Leslie Touw
1 week ago
My great- great grandfather was Zachariah Edwards who was a 'yeoman' farmer, from a long line going back to 1773, none ever owning slaves. ) Nevertheless, he volunteered as a Confederate soldier to support 'the right to own slaves', and, after the war, held various positions over the years with the organization “Lee-Davis-Dickerson Camp 1156 of Confederate Veterans”.
On Nov. 11, 1909-His chapter coordinated with the United Daughters of the Confederacy to erect this monument and Zachariah collected money door to door for it.
Despite this personal connection, I and my mother are all for REMOVING this monument. If the statue has meaning or value perhaps it can be displayed in a museum with historical context information.

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Gaybriel Watkins
Sep 13, 2020
I believe in change

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Cliff Lovette
Aug 27, 2020
I am working on a ‘passion project’—advocating the renaming of Confederate-named Fort Benning in honor of Lieut. Henry Flipper, an African American military hero. If you go to https://www.change.org/Lieut_Henry_Flipper, you can read all about why Lieut. Flipper may uniquely deserve this honor. If you agree, please show your support for my campaign by signing the Petition on that site, and PLEASE share it with all your friends!

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Dianne Rees
Aug 27, 2020
The people of Rutherford want this gone - and it's the right thing to do.

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Mike Rich
Aug 27, 2020
There is no reason to maintain Confederate statues outside of museums.

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Kathie Carpenter
Aug 26, 2020
I grew up in Rutherfordton when Blacks and whites lived separate lives. It never should have been that way. No amount of altering history will change the fact that Confederate symbols are harmful and hateful. It is time to make the Courthouse welcoming to everyone.

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Keyona Smith
Aug 12, 2020
It is the right thing to do!

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Margo Jones
Jul 19, 2020
It was shocking to me when we moved here from the west many years ago to see all the monuments to the confederacy in Rutherford and surrounding counties. This may be a part of history but not a part to celebrate or revere. We grow and learn how to do better as a people and these are some of the things we must change. Removing these types of monuments is the history we need to make for future generations. Take it down.

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John Roberts
Jul 10, 2020
This statue is an insult to my black American friends. Put it in a cemetery or crumble for gravel for my drive.

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Donna Jones
Jul 10, 2020
I'm proud of my heritage and don't want the statue removed. This action is just the latest in an attempt to get the citizens in a battle that was fought years ago. We can't change history and you can't remove it just by destroying signs and statues that have a connection to that era