Commissioners vote to move monuments

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A day after tabling discussion on moving the two Confederate monuments on the Person County Courthouse grounds, the Person County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to move the monuments to the county’s Veterans Park at a special called meeting Tuesday.

The decision comes after an anonymous source pledged to donate $20,000 to move the statue and marker, matching the two estimates the county received.

At their regularly scheduled meeting Monday, the commissioners voted to table the discussion to move the monuments amid concerns about using county funds for the project.

The commissioners voted 3-2 to table the discussion.

The commissioners voted along party lines: Republican commissioners Kyle Puryear, Vice Chair Gordon Powell and Derrick Sims voted in favor of tabling the request. Democrats Jimmy Clayton and  ChairmanRay Jeffers voted against the substitute motion.

At that meeting, County Attorney Ron Aycock said moving the monuments to the Veterans Park complies with North Carolina General Statute 100-2.1.

Under the statute, objects of remembrance that are permanently relocated must be moved to a site of similar prominence, honor, visibility, availability and access.

The languange of the statute also prohibited the monuments from being moved to a location like the Person County Museum of History because “an object of remembrance may not be relocated to a museum, cemetery, or mausoleum unless it was originally placed at such a location.”

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