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.

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REIDSVILLE, N.C. — The Confederate monument that was destroyed by a sleeping driver in 2011 has been replaced by a new one at a different location.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

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