Bulldozed Confederate statue in North Carolina mayor’s video

Screenshot of Mondale Robinson’s Facebook livestream on August 21.

A North Carolina town watched live online as a bulldozer knocked down its Confederate monument.

Mondale Robinson, the mayor of Enfield, North Carolina, took to Facebook to share a live stream as a Confederate monument in the city’s Randolph Park was demolished by a bulldozer on Sunday, August 21.

“Yes, gentlemen! Death to the Confederacy over here,” Robinson said in the video as a bulldozer toppled the monument. “Not in my town. Not in my care.”

Enfield, North Carolina is a town of about 2,300 people located about 70 miles northeast of Raleigh. The city’s board of commissioners voted 4 to 1 to remove the statue at a meeting on August 15, according to the Daily Herald.

“We voted for his disappearance. Here we go,” Robinson said in a separate livestream. “It’s just a dead statue for a dead idea: Confederation. … What used to be can now be more space for people to do yoga, exercise or whatever, except to come here and worship the Confederate flag or the Confederacy.

The veterans’ memorial was dedicated in 1928, according to a University of North Carolina Chapel Hill database. The 10-foot-tall marble statue bears a Confederate flag carved into the marble of its central column and was originally built as a memorial for Confederate and World War I soldiers.

Over the years, various inscriptions have been added to the statue, including dedications to veterans who fought in World War II, the Korean conflict, the Vietnam War and the Persian Gulf War, according to the base. of data.

Despite its various inscriptions, the monument’s original purpose was to honor Confederate soldiers, which Enfield does not support, Robinson said.

“It’s not a monument for all veterans. It was installed here in 1928,” Robinson said. “None of these wars had taken place when this statue was erected. This statue was built for the Confederates. That is why it was engraved on the front. There is no Confederate plaque. The main purpose was to honor soldiers who fought on the side of slavery.

The demolition of the Enfield statue is the latest in a series of Confederate statues or namesakes that have been removed or destroyed across the state and across the country.

Earlier this year, a committee of volunteers suggested that Fort Bragg, North Carolina, named after Confederate soldier General Braxton Bragg, be renamed Fort Liberty.

And in June, the Country Music Association banned Confederate flags from its CMA Fest, joining a growing list of other similar events that have banned the flag and associated imagery.

The remains of the statue were roped off with police tape on Monday morning to prevent anyone from taking remains from the monument, Robinson said in another post.

“The only flag flying in this park is the flag of the United States of America. If that’s too much for you to swallow, then you too are living in a time that is on the wrong side of history. You too do not respect black lives. But in this town, in this town, we do. We do,” Robinson said.

Moira Ritter covers real-time news for McClatchy. She graduated from Georgetown University where she studied government, journalism and German. Previously, she reported for CNN Business.

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