Surry County removes Confederate monument

Published 1:41 pm Monday, August 17, 2020

The Surry County Confederate monument, formerly located in front of the county’s courthouse, is gone.

According to county officials, the monument is being stored at an undisclosed location while Surry’s Board of Supervisors waits out the 30 days state law requires localities to offer their Confederate monuments slated for removal to museums, historical societies, other government entities or military battlefields.

Surry County’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously, with one absent, on Aug. 13 to remove the monument — but not before residents for and against removal had their say.

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That evening, over a dozen residents spoke — most in favor of removal — during a public hearing on the matter, which was held virtually in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Changes to state law, which took effect July 1, require such a hearing before any locality can legally remove, relocate, cover or add signage contextualizing its monuments.