REIDSVILLE, N.C. — After years of debate that included race and history, The United Daughter of the Confederacy will dedicate the Reidsville Confederate Monument Saturday at its new location in the city’s Greenview Cemetery.
The monument that included a statue of a confederate soldier stood in the center of downtown from 1910 to 2011, when a motorist hit the monument shattering the granite solider. Placing the monument back in the center of town set off a debate between local officials, neighbors and friends.
“It stood for what our history was; it stood for who we are. Its history,” said Reidsville resident Doug Isley. “It’s a memorial to the people who served the people who fought, just like WWII veterans or Vietnam veterans.”
The statue – put up in 1910 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy – was in honor of the 1,800 confederate soldiers who served in the Civil War from Rockingham County. 600 of the 1,800 never made it home.
After recent debates and even legal action over who actually owned the statue and the property it sat on, The Daughters of the Confederacy decided to replace the broken solider with a new one made of Georgia granite and move it to Greenview Cemetery high above the resting place of the men it honors.
“Everybody’s got different opinions,” said Percy Russell, of Reidsville. “I think people are going to want it back over here at its original spot.”
As for the original spot, it’s now filled with a fake Frasier fur Christmas tree, which is lit up at night.
The dedication of the monument is scheduled for Saturday, July 19 at 2 p.m. at Greenview Cemetery.