Avery Anapol, The Hill, August 22, 2018
The North Carolina Historical Commission voted Wednesday to keep three Confederate monuments on the grounds of the state Capitol building amid controversy about the statues’ future in the state.
The commission voted 10-1 not to remove the statues, but to add context about slavery and civil rights, according to The Associated Press. The commission also called for a monument to be built honoring African-Americans’ contributions to North Carolina.
The state commission’s vote came in response to Gov. Roy Cooper (D), who called for the three monuments to be removed from the Capitol grounds and preserved at a Civil War battlefield.
According to North Carolina’s ABC11, there are more than 100 Confederate monuments, statues and memorials throughout the state. State law prohibits the removal of Confederate statues without the express permission of the state.