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Bill To Protect Confederate Monuments Makes Way Through NC House

Marshall Terry

A bill which would protect confederate monuments in North Carolina has been approved by a House committee and will go before the full chamber early next week.

The bill known as the Historic Artifact Management and Patriotism Act bans the permanent removal of monuments dubbed “Objects of Remembrance.” These objects are defined as monuments, memorials, plaques, statues or other permanent displays that commemorates an event, person or military service that is part of North Carolina history.

This is a long winded way of saying if it was done by a North Carolinian, or done in the state, and it’s commemorated somewhere on public land, the monument will stay where it is unless the General Assembly passes a bill allowing it to be moved.  

This bill was passed in the Senate back in April, long before the shooting in Charleston and the fight over Confederate flags. But since the bill would protect Civil War era monuments it is no doubt headed for an interesting debate on the House floor. That debate is scheduled for next Tuesday.