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Confederate memorial vandalized in Cornelius

The town of Cornelius covered much of this Confederate memorial with tarp after offensive words were written on it Sunday night or early Monday.
The town of Cornelius covered much of this Confederate memorial with tarp after offensive words were written on it Sunday night or early Monday. N.C. Department of Cultural Resources

Cornelius police are investigating vandalism to a Confederate memorial near Mount Zion United Methodist Church – the third such incident in the Charlotte area recently.

An officer patrolling near the church off N.C. 115 and Zion Avenue discovered the graffiti at 7 a.m. Monday, Cornelius police spokeswoman Betsy Shores said.

The monument was defaced with wording in black ink, including the phrases, “Dear White People: This Monument is Offensive” and “Stop Honoring White Supremacy,” the Lake Norman Citizen newspaper reported.

The police and public works departments covered the graffiti with tarp “due to the offensive content” until whoever maintains and owns the monument can be contacted, Shores said in an email Tuesday.

“Due to the age of the original land deed, the Cornelius Police Department is working with someone familiar with the history of the monument and the land it stands on, in an attempt to locate someone that is authorized to make decisions on behalf of the ‘Monument Association,’” Shores said.

“At this time, the victim of the crime is being listed as ‘Monument Association’ until further information can be obtained,” she said.

According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library, an inscription on the monument reads, “Though men deserve/ They may not win success./ The brave will honor the brave/ Vanquished none the less.”

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Cornelius Police Department at 704-892-7773.

Last Wednesday, two Confederate war memorials in Charlotte were found defaced.

Vandals apparently smeared liquid cement across both sides of an obscure monument unveiled in 1929 during the 39th reunion of the United Confederate Veterans, county officials said. The monument is on a hill between the Grady Cole Center and American Memorial Stadium on North Kings Drive.

Someone also spray painted “Racist” on the memorial on the grounds of Old City Hall on Trade Street. The Confederate Memorial Association of Charlotte erected the monument in 1977.

In Raleigh, vandals painted the slogan “Black Lives Matter” overnight Monday on the Confederate Women’s Monument on the State Capitol grounds, police said.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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