Hillsborough to remove ‘Confederate Memorial’ from museum

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HILLSBOROUGH, NC (AP) — Hillsborough’s Historic District Commission has voted to allow removing the words “Confederate Memorial” from the Orange County Historical Museum.

The News and Observer of Raleigh reports that in a 4-0 vote last Wednesday, the commission agreed that removing the words above the museum’s door and post a freestanding sign would keep the character of Hillsborough’s downtown historic district.

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The museum was built in 1934 as a town library. The United Daughters of the Confederacy, who donated $7,000 to help build the whites-only library, had the copper letters screwed to the building’s facade to honor Confederate soldiers. The words “Public Library” were removed when the museum opened in the 1980s.

Officials say the change will allow the museum to put its own name on the building, while making sure all visitors feel welcome.

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