RE: Confederate Monument at Charlotte City Hall

From: MNewsom@charlotteobserver.com
To: ballybaypubs@midmaine.com

Mr. Carminati,

Thanks for reading and taking the time to respond, even if you didn’t like what I wrote.

If you’ll note, I never advocated taking the monument down. I only speculated that a good number of people would not like it to remain.

I’m actually of mixed mind about it. It’s important to remember history, definitely. But a Confederate monument erected in 1977? When there are others already in the city? It made me wonder if it was more about resisting integration, because in the 1970s in Charlotte there was very controversial busing for school integration — than honoring the war dead. I am trying to research its placement, but to date haven’t learned much more.

Regards,
Mary Newsom