Lenoir County Commissioners approve move of Confederate monument

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KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – Local leaders are making a key decision about another confederate monument in the east.

Lenoir County will remove a monument that’s been in Kinston for 96 years.

County commissioners are united in their decision to remove the confederate monument from the visitors center.

Their plan? move it to the First Battle of Kinston Civil War Battlefield Park.

The commission’s special meeting began with public comments, ranging from calls to get rid of the statue to pleas for it to remain.

County officials believe they have the legal right to move the monument, especially if it’s going someplace that gives it better historical context.

They also want the visitor center to be more representative of their community.

Bryan Hanks is the Lenoir County Public Information Officer. 

He explains, “They want to make sure that the Welcome Center here in Kinston Lenoir County is truly a welcome center for everyone, of every race of every creed, of every gender. Instead of it being placed where everybody has to see it at that major intersection it’s going to be placed in an already civil war battlefield where people who want to go see it can go see it there.” 

Commissioners say they understand there are different sides to every story.

They believe there need to be more open conversations on heritage and history.

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LENOIR COUNTY, N.C. (WNCT) On Thursday, the Lenoir County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to relocate a Confederate Monument that has been on display in the community since 1924.

The monument will soon be relocated to the First Battle of Kinston Civil War Battlefield Park, 1400 Harriette Drive in Kinston.

Lenoir County Board of Commissioners said, “We feel as a Board we can remain committed to the respectful remembrance of our shared past, while also acknowledging the tragedy in our history. The Board of Commissioners made this decision so that we can continue to dedicate our time, energy and efforts on building a brighter future for Lenoir County and all residents who call it home.”

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