FROM STAFF REPORTS
The local chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans opposes a plan by the Iredell County Board of Commissioners to relocate the Confederate memorial on the grounds of the Iredell County Government Center in Statesville.
Commissioners voted 4 to 1 during Tuesday’s meeting in support of a resolution to begin the process of finding a new home for the memorial. Among the options discussed were moving the memorial to a city-owned cemetery.
On Thursday evening, however, members of the Major General Stephen Dodson Ramseur/Colonel Reuben Campbell Camp No. 387, Sons of Confederate Veterans, voted uunanimously vote to reject the resolution.
“It is our desire for the Monument to stay exactly where it has stood since 1906,” C. David Pope,Jr., commander of the organization, said in a news release.
This monument was erected as a memorial to honor over 597 men and boys who died while fighting for the Confederacy in the Civil War.
The county asserts no ownership of the monument and is committed to working with the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Daughters of the Confederacy and the City of Statesville to find a suitable location for the memorial, County Manager Beth Jones said in a news release.
The resolution said commissioners would pay for the relocation.