Chatham County commissioners approve removal of confederate monument

Pittsboro, NC – On August 19, 2019, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners voted 4 to 1 to terminate a 1907 order granting the Winnie Davis Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) a license to place a Confederate monument in front of the Historic Courthouse in downtown Pittsboro.

The Board tasked the UDC to bring a plan for the monument’s removal to the county manager by October 1, 2019. The Board also stated that if the UDC does not meet the deadline, the monument would be declared a public trespass and the county would be tasked with moving the monument by November 1, 2019.

“We know this is an emotional topic for the residents of Chatham County, and we value the passion that has come from all sides,” said Commissioner Chairman Mike Dasher in an official press release. “The monument represents a very different time in Chatham County, but its message does not represent our values today. We hope that by moving the monument to a more appropriate historical site, the lives of Confederate soldiers can still be memorialized, while also respecting everyone in our diverse community today.”

Results of an online Chatham Journal poll.

The press release went on to note that “While disappointed that the UDC recently ended talks about “reimagining” the monument, commissioners wanted to make sure that the voices of the public were heard. About two dozen members of the community gave a range of opinions regarding the placement of the monument which has stood at the courthouse circle since 1907. Monday’s meeting was one of several opportunities that community members had to provide their input. In fact since April, the Board has heard comments from more than 100 people.”