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Defaced Confederate monument restored

The monument to a 1929 convention of Confederate veterans, after cement was removed from the monument.
The monument to a 1929 convention of Confederate veterans, after cement was removed from the monument. Mecklenburg County Manager’s Office

A restoration company has successfully removed cement from a defaced monument honoring Confederate veterans.

Mecklenburg County contracted the company Stuart Dean to clean the granite monument near American Memorial Stadium after someone spread cement over both sides of the structure Wednesday.

Cleaning the monument cost the county $379.04, said Michael Kirschman, assistant director of Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation.

County officials covered the monument with plastic tarps Thursday morning to prevent potential rain from causing the cement to bind more to the granite structure.

Kirschman said the restoration was finished Friday evening.

“It sounded to me as though the cleanup and repair went just fine,” he said.

The monument was unveiled at the end of the United Confederate Veterans convention in Charlotte in 1929, considered one of the biggest events in the city’s history.

Sculpted into the monument are four Confederate battle flags and an inscription that commends soldiers for preserving “the Anglo-Saxon civilization of the South.”

After recent public calls to remove Confederate flags from government property, county commissioners discussed the monument but did not decide on any action.

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