North Carolina Residents Sue To Have Confederate Monument To ‘Faithful Slaves’ Removed

Residents of a small county in North Carolina filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday to have a Confederate-era monument to “faithful slaves” removed from outside the county courthouse.

The monument in Tyrrell County, North Carolina, features a Confederate soldier on top of a pedestal with the inscription “In appreciation of our faithful slaves” written underneath.

The lawsuit, filed in the Eastern District of North Carolina, was brought by a group called The Concerned Citizens of Tyrrell County. The plaintiffs claim the public monument is in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment because it “expresses a racially discriminatory message.”

The inscription on the statue promotes a “pro-slavery message and a pro-Confederate message,” according to the lawsuit.

Jaelyn Miller, an attorney for the plaintiffs, told CNN he feels county commissioners have a responsibility to ensure that racist messages are not being displayed to the Black community.

“This is sort of the only monument in the country on public land that textually endorses slavery,” Miller said.

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