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NC group can proceed with new confederate statue

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REIDSVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A judge has ruled that the North Carolina United Daughters of the Confederacy can proceed with plans to create a new confederate soldier statue.

The News & Record of Greensboro reports that Surry County Superior Court Judge Moses Massey denied Tuesday an injunction sought by Reidsville's Historic Preservation Action Committee. The two sides were battling over the creation of a new monument to replace one that had stood at the center of town for more than a century.

The statue was destroyed in May 2011 when a driver said he fell asleep and his truck plowed into the base of the statue.

While the committee wanted to repair the original statue, the UDC wanted to create a new statue and place it in a city-owned cemetery for Confederate soldiers.

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Who's Paying?

Will the UDC be forced to pay for what someone else damaged, or will the incapable driver who caused the damage (or his insurance) be forced to pay for the work to be done?

Confederate Monument

Had I been the one to destroy the monument, I would have been required to pay for its destruction. Why did this guy get off scot free?

UDC and the Reidsville Monument

It has been clearly shown in documents that the UDC gave the statue to the city of Reidsville, that they no longer 'own' it, and that the driver's insurance and city insurance will more than doubly pay for the statue repair.

Reidsville Mayor Festerman brought in some outside agititators who beat the drums of racial bigotry as they demanded the statue no be repaired, but demanded removal. Festerman agreed.

NC UDC Pres Ezell was caught red handed trying to boost the payments from the insurance claims from the statue damage, and went against the body of NC UDC Chapters by partnering with Mayor Festerman in removing the historic statue, and donating money to his reelection campaign.

The City of Reidsville illegally violated numerous NC laws by removing the entire statue shaft and base (remember it was ONLY the statue itself that was damaged, nothing else)

One NC Law states that funds are to be used from a certain Historic Preservation committee to protect such statues by building a fence around them, something that Reidsville never did. Yet another violation.