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Confederate Monument, Raleigh NC
Confederate Monument
State Capitol, Raleigh [Removed]
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Description: This 75-foot-tall monument to fallen Confederate soldiers is located on the State Capitol grounds. At the top of the column is a statue depicting a Confederate artillery soldier holding a gun. Near the bottom of the column are two statues, one representing the Confederate infantry and the other a Confederate cavalryman. Two 32 pounder naval cannons stand on each side of the monument.
In 1892, state legislators endorsed the goal of building a Confederate monument in Capital Square. Secretary of State Octavius Coke held a meeting of members of both the Ladies Memorial Association and the North Carolina Monumental Association in June 1892 to launch a campaign to erect a memorial to deceased Confederate soldiers from North Carolina.
Images: Contemporary view | Rear view | Front inscription | Back inscription | Cavalryman | Infantryman | Right cannon | Left cannon | Plaques on naval cannons

Front, on shaft: TO OUR / CONFEDERATE / DEAD
Rear, on base: FIRST AT / BETHEL / LAST AT / APPOMATTOX / 1861. 1865.

Dedication date: May 20, 1895
Creator: Leopold Von Miller II, Sculptor Muldoon Monument Company, Builder
Materials & Techniques: Mt. Airy Granite, bronze statues
Sponsor: State of North Carolina, Women's Monument Association
Cost: $22,000
Unveiling & Dedication: Dedicated on May 20, 1895. Unveiled by Julia Jackson Christian, Granddaughter of Stonewall Jackson. Speakers included Captain Samuel Ashe, Thomas W. Mason, and Alfred Waddell.
Post dedication use: The Civil Works Authority made plans to move the monument from Capital Square to Nash Square in 1934 as part of renovations to Capital Square, but the Board of Public Buildings and Grounds decided on February 5th to prevent the CWA from moving the monument. The move was prevented because of public outcry in regards to moving such a historically significant monument from a highly visible location.
Subject notes: The initial model for the statues was to be the Confederate hero Henry L. Wyatt, but the sculptor Von Miller used W. R. Dicks (who was a living Confederate veteran) as inspiration for the statues.
Controversies: When the monument was first proposed, Populist and Republican legislators objected to any public funding of the monument on the grounds that public education, rather than sectional pride, was a pressing need. In addition, monument opponents protested against the special tax fund that would be used to subsidize the monument's costs. During the 2000s, some critics questioned whether it was appropriate to continue to commemorate, on capitol grounds, white soldiers who fought to establish a slaveholders' republic.
In June of 2020, in the wake of anti-racism civil protest in the Spring and early Summer, the statue of the memorial was toppled by civil protestors. The rest of the monument was disassembled by the State of North Carolina between June 20-28, 2020 and all of the pieces removed to offsite storage.  The news initially reported that the base of the monument contained a time capsule, however, this is incorrect. The monument did not contain a time capsule. The Governor of North Carolina also ordered the remaining Confederate monuments on the State Capitol grounds to be removed, including the Henry Lawson Wyatt monument and the monument to the Women of Confederacy which were removed to offsite storage.
Location: This monument faced Hillsborough Street and is parallel to South Salisbury Street. It is surrounded by trees and a paved pathway. Directly behind the monument is the State Capitol building.
Landscape: The monument is located at the end of Hillsborough Street on the west side of the capitol grounds.
City: Raleigh
County: Wake
Subjects: Civil War


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There is a monument of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr at the corner of Martin Luther King Blvd. and Rock Quarry Road in Raleigh, NC. However, he is more like 5 feet in statue.

and MLK statue is no where near downtown, certainly not on Capitol grounds. We need another one where more people can see it

I am from North Carolina. I have ancestors that fought for the Confederacy. There is even a small memorial to them in Northern Wake County.

Consider the fact that African American men and women that live in this county have an entirely different experience than you and I. They deal with racism and prejudice on a level that we do not. Consider that a monument to celebrate the men that died fighting for a cause that includes the slavery of their ancestors might be deeply offensive because of their experience. Why should the government continue to keep and maintain such a symbol? It should be removed because we as a people should agree that the monument is hurtful and depending on your experience deeply offensive. As I white man I will never fully understand the nature of what they feel, but it is pretty clearly hurtful.

Move the monument. Preserve it for history. Teach about the war's significance and about what it meant to NC. It is a huge part of history in this state. It has an appropriate place, but the state capital is not that place.

I will copy and paste this in future social media sites,with permission of the author. It very well reflects the majority.
Thank you for the well written and thoughtful post.

I want to give respect and thanks to the words you wrote. I moved to Raleigh recently and was shocked to see these statues in the Capitol. I am not a black nor white person, but I am well aware that the war was fought over slavery. I can only imagine the pain, anger, and perhaps hopelessness a black person feels seeing these statues. We need to make our voices heard and do more to take them down.

History - it's just that "history". It's our heritage; it's what our forefathers lived through. Why would you want to erase history? Statues don't represent hate - people represent hate. Statues are only a representation, not a living, breathing human being. Only humans can demonstrate hate. Erasing history, destroying or removing statues or monuments only erases history for our children and our children's children. Erasing history is similar to when Hitler wanted certain books banned and burned. WHY? So we can be subversive or opposed to "history". What's to happen when a book is read, and it refers to a particular statue or monument? What happens when children want to take a trip to visit these statues or monuments mentioned in these books? Next thing you know, these books will then have to be destroyed because they refer to statues or monuments which you people have destroyed. When will the madness stop? Look up the definition of history and understand what it means. Let history remain history and not be washed away, eliminated so all we are left with is a blank empty slate. Enough is enough!

To give an overall response: Put them in a museum, then you can visit. That way African Americans people do not have to walk past representations of figures who fought to keep them enslaved.

Direct response:
"What happens when children want to take a trip to visit these statues or monuments mentioned in these books?"
When children WANT to visit confederate statues? Really? I haven't met any. Let me introduce them to my scholars in Southeastern Raleigh before they clamor to visit figures of soldiers of a defeated army.

Absolutely agree! People perpetuate hate, and only said people can look at an object and derive hatred from such. History allows me to decided what I should and should not do now and tomorrow, not a statue or monument of the past. I look at any statues or monuments only as a brief reflections of the past that reminds me what was, not what is or will be. If your today or tomorrow is not pleasing, it is you that should be reflected upon to decide what you should do to improve, and that is something no one can prevent or change, especially with statues or monuments. Do not dwell on the past, it is over and cannot be changed, but who you are today and how you feel tomorrow can change if needed, and only you decide.

What most folks don't realize is that most Confederate statues, including this one, weren't built just after the war as a solemn reminder of heritage, they were built later just after Jim Crow was declared constitutional and the lynching era began. This statue being built in front of the state house was built for a very specific purpose, and that was to terrify black people. Full stop.

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