The moratorium had been in place for a quarter-century, but the commission decided to lift it because Capitol monuments “do not sufficiently represent the diversity of North Carolina’s population.”
In this earlier post, we noted that just about everyone depicted in Capitol monuments is white. Those monuments include a statue of Andrew Jackson, who oversaw the forced removal of Native Americans from their homelands on the infamous “Trail of Tears” march that killed thousands in the 1830s, as well as one of former Gov. Charles Brantley Aycock, a leading spokesman for the white supremacy campaigns of 1898 and 1900.
The only Native person depicted is a Lumbee soldier on the Vietnam memorial on the Capitol grounds.
That could change now. As Niolet writes:
Plans for the American Indian memorial say it should be inclusive of all native peoples. Subjects suggested for the women’s memorial are Lillian Exum Clement, the state’s first female lawmaker, and Ella Baker, a civil rights leader. Ideas for the African-American memorial include a tribute to those who fought in the Civil War and U.S. Rep. George Henry White, thought to be the last black congressman of the Reconstruction era.
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