Blacks see Fayetteville city logo as racist

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Black leaders in Fayetteville are calling for the removal of the image of the Market House building from the city seal, saying it is a symbol of slavery.

Local media outlets report that a past president of the Fayetteville Area Minority Lawyers Association, Allen Rogers, has written the mayor and city council asking the seal be changed. The president of the local NAACP agrees.

Slave sales were conducted in Fayetteville near the Market House, although there is little evidence the building itself was used.

In the 1990s, Fayetteville police took the Market House image off cruisers and police patches. The fire department removed it from their uniforms.

Mayor Nat Robertson says he will comment if the matter comes before city council.