Locals express concerns about Confederate monuments being targeted

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Heritage is how many supporters of Confederate memorials describe the more than 200 Civil War monuments scattered across the state.

Jimmy Dale Weaver, who lives in Catawba County, is proud of the one that sits on the corner of West 1st Street.

“It means a lot to me, it reminds me of military and veterans as a whole in all the wars,” Weaver said.

Recent news of a monument being destroyed in Chapel Hill disappointed him.

“They shouldn't destroy monuments and tear them down,” Weaver said.

Patrick Gibbs, who also lives in Catawba County, feels differently. He thinks the public memorials represent hate and remind people of slavery.

“It encourages racism. I do feel like it helps people hold on to racism with it being right in front of your face. They should be put away in museums,” Gibbs said.

Just days ago, protestors took down the 'Silent Sam' Confederate statue on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

In August of 2017, protestors took down a Confederate statue outside the historic courthouse in Durham.

Locally, there have been reported incidents of vandalism to local Confederate monuments.

Days ago, vandals painted a Confederate statue in Salisbury.

In 2017, a Confederate statue outside of Mount Zion United Methodist Church in Cornelius was destroyed.

The monument near Memorial Stadium was spray painted back in 2015.

Some places locally that have Confederate memorials are Charlotte, Gastonia, Newton, Cornelius, Salisbury to name a few.

State law protects the memorials.