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N.C. Historical Commission meets Friday amid Confederate controversy

A reminder: the N.C. Historical Commission will hold its fall meeting Friday.

On the agenda [1]: Requests to Relocate “Objects of Remembrance.”

Under a 2015 law the board must approve moving or removing historical monuments like the Confederate statues that have been at the center of a renewed public controversy for months.

In the wake of deadly violence at a white supremacist rally over a Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, Virginia and the toppling of a similar statue in Durham, all eyes are on the once utterly uncontroversial board. Its members – mostly historians, writers and college professors – say they aren’t sure what they are empowered to do about the statues or how the board should proceed.

Several members [2] have staked out [3] positions on the issue, but most say the law is so vaguely written that they aren’t yet sure how their recommendation will be handled. The board will meet as the UNC campus at Chapel Hill and the UNC Board of Governors continue to wrestle with the issue of “Silent Sam,” a Confederate monument on the campus’ quad.

The meeting, which is open to the public will be held at 10:00 a.m. at the Archives and History/State Library Building at 109 E Jones St. in downtown Raleigh.