A new billboard on Interstate 40 aims to generate support for keeping Confederate monuments in place.
The North Carolina Sons of Confederate Veterans’ billboard is near the I-40/I-95 interchange near Benson. It reads, “Help us protect our veterans’ monuments!”
It also features an image of Silent Sam, the controversial monument on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill.
“More billboards will be appearing in the near future on the state’s highways as we defend the honor of our ancestors and inform the public of recent misguided efforts by our governor and activists to politicize, remove, censor and pervert Confederate heritage,” wrote R. Kevin Stone, commander of the NCSCV, in a prepared statement.
CBS17 reached out to the organization for an on-camera interview, but no one agreed to that request.
A committee that’s part of the North Carolina Historical Commission is weighing a proposal to move three Confederate monuments from the State Capitol grounds in Raleigh to the Bentonville Battlefield Historic Site in Four Oaks, which is about 46 miles away.
Gov. Roy Cooper (D) requested the monuments be moved in September.
That followed the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia and the nationwide focus afterward on Confederate monuments. Protesters in Durham brought down a statue soon after the events in Charlottesville.
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