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Community gathers to clean up vandalized Reidsville Confederate monument

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REIDSVILLE, N.C. – A community in Reidsville gathered on Saturday to clean up a Confederate monument that was recently vandalized.

“I just see myself as a person who is just trying to stand up to what I believe is right,” said Jamie Funkhouser, a concerned citizen who showed up to scrub off the graffiti on the Reidsville Confederate Monument. “This should have never happened. People need to sit down and we need to talk our problems out. Not go and deface other people’s property.”

Emotions are still high one day after the statue was vandalized. The monument is at the Greenview Cemetery.

It once stood in downtown Reidsville from 1910 to 2011, until a motorist hit the monument and damaged it. Local officials decided to place it at the city-owned cemetery because of concerns among local residents.

On Friday, Reidsville Police got a call from cemetery workers that the monument had been vandalized. At this time no arrests have been made, but when the people responsible are found, they will most likely face misdemeanor charges.

City workers started cleaning the monument when they discovered the damage, but stopped because the paint was still wet.

Concerned citizens were proactive in cleaning the mess up. They bought supplies and started scrubbing off the spray painted words, “KKK,” “Black Lives Matter,” and “Slavery.”