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County commissioners to debate fate of Confederate Memorial in Charlotte Tuesday

Confederate Memorial in uptown Charlotte
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Mecklenburg County commissioners will discuss the fate of the Confederate Memorial in uptown Charlotte Tuesday night, the Observer’s media partner WBTV reports.

The board’s discussions come just one day after the South Carolina legislature is slated to take up the issue of the Confederate battle flag on the grounds of the state capitol, according to WBTV.

The monument in Charlotte stands between Memorial Stadium and Grady Cole Center on Kings Drive. It was erected in 1929 during the United Confederate Veterans’ 39th reunion and depicts the Confederate battle flag in four places.

The commissioners, who said last month they would take up the issue, are divided about what to do. Some say the flag is a racist symbol that does not belong on government property, while others call it a piece of the region’s history that should remain.

Commissioners could decide to leave the structure at the present site, move it to a new location or get rid of it altogether.

The memorial is one of several public depictions of the controversial flag in the Mecklenburg area. Another example is the Mt. Zion Confederate Monument in Cornelius, which commemorates Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War.

The Board of County Commissioners meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, according to the group’s website.

A national debate about the public display of the Confederate flag ignited after the June 17 shooting at the Emanuel AME Church, a historic black church in Charleston. The massacre left nine parishioners dead.

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