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Halifax votes to keep Confederate statue; Mecklenburg supes opt to move Boydton monument

SoVaNow.com / November 04, 2020
The referendum in Halifax County to relocate the Confederate statue from the courthouse square in the Town of Halifax has failed.

Monument backers delivered just under 60 percent of the total number of ballots cast in the referendum, 17,719. There were 7,142 “Yes” voters seeking to relocate the statue; 10,577 county voters said no.

The Halifax vote was very heavy, with late-arriving mail-in votes yet to be counted. But there are not enough votes outstanding to change the outcome.

The advisory referendum was placed on the November ballot by the Halifax County Board of Supervisors in August after the One Community group approached supervisors asking that the statue be relocated. The request came in the aftermath of the killing in Minneapolis of George Floyd, which set off a wave of protests nationwide.

The same week Halifax voters weighed in on the issue, county supervisors in neighboring Mecklenburg voted 6-3 to relocate that county’s Confederate soldier statue at the Boydton courthouse.

Putting the vote in perspective, Mecklenburg Board Chair Glenn Barbour said that if an organization sought today to erect a Confederate monument, “I would venture to guess that it would get rejected on a 9-0 vote since the courthouse is not the appropriate site.”

A board minority protested that the relocation of the statue would serve to erase county history, but supervisors in the majority said they would not move to take down the statue until a suitable alternative site is found.

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