Confederate statue
The Confederate statue the resides outside the Pitt County courthouse has been called for removal following the events in Charlottesville, VA
Thomas WeybrechtFacebookTwitter
On Aug, 12, 2017, the city of Charlottesville, Virginia became the epicenter for national debate when a white supremacist rally took a violent turn. The gathering was originally organized to protest the decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, located in the city’s Emancipation Park. Ultimately, the rally resulted in the death of counter-protester, Heather Heyer and two Virginia state troopers, H. Jay Cullen and Berke M.M. Bates. Due to the events in Charlottesville, a lingering debate has been revitalized surrounding the ethics of statues constructed to honor confederate soldiers of the American Civil War. According to a 2016 Southern Poverty Law Center report, approximately 718 of these statues and monuments still stand across the United States. One such monument, erected in 1914, resides on the steps of the Pitt County Courthouse in Greenville, North Carolina.