Saturday, August 4, 2012

Monument to Black Confederate Veterans to Be Erected

NC county to honor black Confederate Army veterans
Posted: Aug 03, 2012 N.C. (AP)

A North Carolina county has finalized plans for a granite marker that will honor local slaves who served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War.

The Charlotte Observer reports ( ) that the marker honoring 10 black men, including nine slaves, is believed to be one of the first of its kind in the country. The marker will go in a brick walkway at the Old County Courthouse in Monroe, in front of a Civil War monument.

The county's historic preservation commission on Thursday unanimously approved the plan for a marker that reads, "In Memory of Union County's Confederate Pensioners of Color." It goes on to recognize all African Americans who served in "The War Between The States."