We believe that a society must continually examine its history and recognize the consequences of systemic racism on marginalized communities. Our mission is to unify, heal, honor truth, contextualize our history, and uplift and empower marginalized voices.
We firmly believe that Confederate monuments on public property pose an ongoing threat to public safety and are a form of racist government speech inconsistent with the principle of equal protection under the law as embodied in our state and federal constitutions (Hampton Dellinger, et.al). However, we do not want to erase history. We want more history! For responses to frequently asked questions and concerns about our request to remove the Catawba County Confederate monument, click here.
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Our supporters have spoken out about this issue during public comments at recent Board meetings. However, our County Commissioners continue to decline to add this issue to their agenda.
What People Are Saying
“It is past time for the Confederate statue to be removed from public property in the Catawba County seat so all citizens of our county feel free from intimidation.”Elizabeth Washington Keane
“Many towns and cities have removed Confederate monuments… It is time for Catawba County to do this as well..Carole S. Hovland
- Civil Discourse: A Revisionist History ForumOn Saturday, August 29 the Catawba County Truth and Reconciliation Committee hosted an online panel discussion titled “Civil Discourse: A Revisionist History Forum.” Panelists included Dr. Veronica McComb, Dean of the College of Humanities and Associate Professor of History at Lenoir-Rhyne University, Richard Eller, a local public historian and history teacher at Catawba Valley CommunityContinue reading “Civil Discourse: A Revisionist History Forum”
- Connecting with our Forgotten PastIn November of 2019, William Keener (a member of the Catawba County Truth & Reconciliation Committee) delivered a talk at TEDx Hickory based on his ongoing research into a locally notable distant cousin. In this talk, William discusses the racial terror lynchings of two Black men in Catawba County – one of which has notContinue reading “Connecting with our Forgotten Past”
- Letter to Catawba County CommissionersOn July 22, 2020 the Catawba County Truth and Reconciliation Committee submitted the following letter to the Catawba County Commissioners… For the past month a group of concerned Catawba County citizens- the Catawba County Truth and Reconciliation Committee- have been meeting to discuss the Confederate monument on the 1924 Courthouse Square in Newton. We firmlyContinue reading “Letter to Catawba County Commissioners”
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