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MONROE, NC (AP) — Plans for a historical marker commemorating 10 black men who served the Confederacy are being rejected by Union County officials as inappropriate for the old county courthouse.

The Charlotte Observer reported Wednesday that supporters say recognition of Confederate service by blacks is long overdue. They want the marker honoring nine slaves and one free man placed on the grounds of the 1886 courthouse.

Opponents say it would be inconsistent with other monuments that honor entire regiments or individuals who died.

The 10 all received Confederate pensions and were described as “body servants” or bodyguards. Some hauled supplies, carried water or cooked. At least two were wounded.

Historians say the monument would probably be one of a few public markers of its kind in the country.

Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com

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