RALEIGH, NC (AP) – People can give written comments to a special committee assigned to make recommendations on a proposal to move three Confederate monuments on North Carolina’s old Capitol grounds to a Civil War battlefield.
The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources this week announced a web portal to send information and opinions to a five-member panel comprised of members of the North Carolina Historical Commission. People can also send statements by regular mail. Committee members also agreed last week they would have at least one public hearing.
Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration wants to move the monuments to the Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site in Johnston County.
“I hope that this online comment portal will make it easy and convenient for members of the public to comment on the Department of Administration’s proposal to relocate three Confederate monuments from the State Capitol grounds in Raleigh to the Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site in Four Oaks, N.C.,” said Susi H. Hamilton, secretary of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. “The North Carolina Historical Commission and the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources are very interested in hearing what our citizens have to say on this important topic.”
The historical commission, which will make the monument decision, asked the committee to report back for its April meeting.