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Gaston County Commission To Vote Monday On Removal Of Confederate Monument

Ann Doss Helms
The Confederate monument outside the Gaston County courthouse has drawn calls for its removal.

Gaston County Commissioners have scheduled a special meeting Monday to vote on removing a Confederate monument outside the Gaston County courthouse.

Commission Chair Tracy Philbeck has drafted a plan that would turn the statue over to a local chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

A Facebook post from Tracy Philbeck.

The group would be given six months to find a new spot where the statue of the Confederate soldier can be relocated. In its place, the county would erect a monument to all Gaston County soldiers that have died in the line of duty.

The new plan differs from a previous one to let residents vote on the monument's removal. State lawmakers told the Gaston Gazette that doing so would require changing a state law, and that’s unlikely to happen before the November election.

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