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Mecklenburg commissioners to discuss Confederate monument on Tuesday

The back of the Confederate memorial next to Memorial Stadium, which commemorates a reunion of Confederate Veterans in Charlotte in June 1929. Mecklenburg County commissioners are set to discuss the future of the memorial at their Tuesday meeting.
The back of the Confederate memorial next to Memorial Stadium, which commemorates a reunion of Confederate Veterans in Charlotte in June 1929. Mecklenburg County commissioners are set to discuss the future of the memorial at their Tuesday meeting. ebacon@charlotteobserver.com

Mecklenburg County commissioners on Tuesday will discuss a war memorial engraved with imagery of the Confederate flag that sits on county property.

During their 6 p.m. meeting at the government center, board members will debate what they can do with the memorial, shrouded by foliage between the Grady Cole Center and Memorial Stadium on North Kings Drive.

Some options include moving it somewhere else, or erecting a plaque next to the pillar that reflects contemporary attitudes about race and the Civil War. The monument was erected in 1929 during the United Confederate Veterans’ 39th reunion. It features the Confederate flag four times.

The structure has historic designation, meaning the county would need a certificate from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission before making any changes to the site.

County Manager Dena Diorio agreed to bring the topic up for discussion in light of widespread debate about public display of the flag after the deadly shooting of nine black parishioners in a Charleston church last month. Dan Morrill, director of the landmarks commission, will deliver information about the monument and several others in the county that are tied to the Confederacy.

Other agenda items commissioners will discuss on Tuesday include:

▪ Discussing if they’ll introduce a plan to double the length of their terms from two years to four as a referendum on the November ballot.

▪ Voting on whether to give the Foundation for the Carolinas a $4.2 million grant to restore historical elements in the 88-year-old Carolina Theatre uptown. In April, the foundation reported raising $27 million of its $35 million goal.

▪ Approving a Department of Justice grant funding body-worn cameras for the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office. The grant requires a 50 percent match that will not exceed $50,000 and will primarily come from concealed carry permit revenues.

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