The Pasquotank County chapter of the NAACP is calling for the removal of a Confederate monument outside the county courthouse. The monument shows a soldier, an engraved Confederate flag, and the words “Our Heroes.” It was erected by the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1911, according to an engraving on the monument. The NAACP has written to county commissioners and Elizabeth City council members about the issue.

“This was erected to keep the thoughts going. What thoughts are those? Discrimination, hatred, all those negative things,” said Raymond Rivers, Sr. with the Pasquotank County NAACP. Pasquotank County Commissioner Cecil Perry said he supported removing the monument. “Even though minorities don’t necessarily talk a great deal about symbols that bother them, they walk past them all the time, and they know that they’re there and they know what they stand for. This symbol here does not stand for anything good in our community,” Perry said. FULL REPORT