New Confederate statue goes up in Reidsville

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The original Confederate statue in Reidsville that was toppled over by a sleeping driver in 2011.

REIDSVILLE, N.C. — The Confederate monument that was destroyed by a sleeping driver in 2011 has been replaced by a new one at a different location.

The Greensboro News & Record reported that the new statue is at Greenview Cemetery, less than two miles from the original’s location.

The North Carolina chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy decided to move the statue to property they own, instead of public property.

The original monument had been at the traffic circle at West Morehead and North Scales streets since 1910. In May 2011, a sleeping driver hit the statue, shattering it into pieces.

Since the accident, the monument has sparked controversy over ownership and debate over what it represents.

Historical Preservation Action Committee and the North Carolina division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans went to court, challenging the removal of the monument and its relocation.

The case was dismissed in July 2012 and the N.C. Court of Appeals upheld the decision last month.

Read more: The Greensboro News & Record

10 comments

  • FaithC

    “Since the accident, the monument has sparked controversy over ownership and debate over what it represents”.

    It is respect for the thousands of young men who died. You can’t change history. You may not agree with it, but you can’t change it.

  • Captain America

    That just shows the ignorance of people. They fight to NOT have the monument, yet they have no clue as to what its true meaning is… Which contrary to incorrect yet popular belief, was NOT slavery. Whats next… Any Vietnam, Korea or Operation Iraqi/ Enduring freedom monuments that every male in my family risked their lives for? Lets just tear down every remaining artifact that defines this country’s roots, history and heritage and the let the kids “guess” as to where they came from and who we as a country are!! Way to go!

    • Stephen Melton

      Then you must stay in a constant state of sickness then. Most every town in the South has a memorial to the Vets that died during that time.
      What will you do when history rewrites, as they are trying to do now with the new Common Core teachings, that WW2 was on par with the Civil War?
      Before you start throwing out comments about how it was about slavery, and not our freedoms, best check your history, because it WAS about freedoms of the States. Slavery was just one part of it, but dont forget, the North was not immune to such either.
      You do realize that statue also pays some homage to the over 40,000 Blacks that died FIGHTING during the Civil War….not just the White…the word Veteran knows no color.

    • Stephen Melton

      Yea…even those Black Confederates eh?
      You REALLY need to understand a little thing called State Rights…slavery was only a small part of the Civil War..

      .bigot: someone who, as a result of their prejudices, treats or views other people with fear, distrust, hatred, contempt, or intolerance on the basis of a person’s opinion, ethnicity, race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, socioeconomic status, or other characteristics.

      Based on that….guess what you might be….:)

  • Frank

    Everybody is screaming the Civil War was not about slavery!! They need to re-read their history!!! What was the Missouri Compromise about? How about the Compromise of 1850?? The south wanted to make sure that their “peculiar institution” was safe from Northern abolitionist!! LOOK IT UP!!

    • Stephen Melton

      The War, had been going on for over two years BEFORE slavery became an issue.
      The War was started after Lincoln decided to destroy the Constitution and literally remove States Rights.
      MOST Southerners did not own slaves.
      The reason that the Southern states left the Union was simply over rights and economic reasons.The economic issue was one of taxation and being able to sell cotton and other raw materials where the producers wanted to, rather than where they were forced to, and at under inflated prices.

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