Confederate footprints: a case study of a potential Confederate monument removal in Winston-Salem, NC

Authors: Nicole Hawks*, University of North Carolina - Greensboro
Topics: Political Geography, Historical Geography
Keywords: Confederacy, monuments, nationalism
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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A Confederate monument in Winston-Salem, NC, has sparked controversy from the end of 2018 and well into 2019. Conflicts surrounding the statue’s presence in front of the historic Forsyth County Courthouse are between the mayor of Winston-Salem and the owners of the statue, the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC). Mayor Joines has expressed that the city government’s desire to remove the statue of a Confederate soldier is in response to the protests surrounding Silent Sam, at Chapel Hill. The UDC have cited a law signed by Governor McCrory in 2015, which prevents unauthorized removal of public monuments in NC. Both sides of this debate concern the identity of this particular space and the historic legacies left to the people living in it. The objective of this study is to analyze discourse surrounding this particular case study in Winston-Salem, and to compare it to conversations around the imprint of Confederate legacies North Carolina. This will include a comparison to conversations about the recent protests surrounding Silent Sam, and other Confederate monuments in the state. Questions addressed in this study are: Who benefits from the removal of the Winston-Salem monument? Who determines whether or not the monument will be moved? What does the monument represent to those concerned with its removal? How would the legacy embodied by this monument be impacted by its potential removal?

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