An Open Letter & Open Report / Monument Protection Act / Response To Ms. Justice (Pittsboro, NC)
April 9, 2019
Response To Ms. Justice (Pittsboro, NC)
Dear Ms. Lunelle,
It has become increasingly apparent that the District Attorney of Hillsborough County, North Carolina, and the Attorney General of North Carolina have turned a blind eye at the illegal action of the Administration at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill’s refusal to replace the Confederate Cenotaph “Silent Sam,” as prescribed by 100-2.1 Protection of Monuments, Memorials and Works of Art, and the complicity of some of its staff in the illegal removal of Silent Sam from its base.
And, its former Chancellor, Carol Folt, removing the base as the 90 day moratorium neared its end to replace Silent Sam, and then resigning from her office at the expense of the taxpayers after she became complicit in the breaking of the Monument Protection Law.
The citizens of the Old North State sat and watched as a thug pulled down a Confederate Cenotaph on the grounds at Durham County Courthouse in Durham, North Carolina, in lieu of the law protecting it from such vandalism, with not even a slap on the wrist for breaking the law. The President of the United States said that we are a nation of laws, and of equal protection under them. Not so if applied to the American Veteran, “the Confederate soldier,” or his venerated colors so recognized by an act of Congress.
100-2.1 Protection of monuments, memorials, and works of Art in North Carolina
(a) Approval required – except as otherwise provided in subsection (b) of this section, a monument, memorial, or work of art owned by the State may not be removed , relocated,or altered in any way without the approval of the North Carolina Historical Commission
(b) Limitations on Removal – An object of remembrance located on public property may not be permanently removed and may only be relocated, whether temporarily or permanently, under the circumstances listed in this subsection and subjected to limitations in this subsection.
An object of remembrance that is temporarily relocated shall be returned to its original location within 90 days of completion of the project that required its removal. An object of remembrance that is permanently relocated shall be located to a site of similar prominence, honor, visibility, availability, and access that are within the boundaries of the jurisdiction from which it was relocated. An object of remembrance may not be relocated to a museum, cemetery, or mausoleum unless it was originally placed at such a location. As used in this section, the term object of remembrance means a monument, memorial, plaque, statue, marker or display of a permanent character that commemorates an event, a person or military service that is part of North Carolina’s history. The circumstances under which an object of remembrance may be relocated are either the following: (1) when appropriate measures are required by the state of a political subdivision of the state to preserve the object.
(2) When necessary for construction, renovation, reconfiguration of buildings, open spaces, parking or transportation projects.
(3) Exceptions — This section does not apply to the N.C. General Statues – Chapter 100
To Ms. Patti Justice in Pittsboro, North Carolina; I say let the heirs to the Confederacy come and stay in protection of your Cenotaph. I can ask that they not be pulled into the modus operandi of the domestic terrorist actions or dialogue. Stay honorable!
And, be not distressed, let the people come from the mountain tops, the oceans, the valleys, the crooks and crannies of every place they can to show the support of the people for the memorials to our fallen heroes. This is your business, and I love you and I appreciate the support shown to me from the great citizens of Chatham County. God bless you!
Chairman, Board of Advisors Emeritus, Southern Legal Resource Center
Member, Save Southern Heritage Florida
Life Member, Kentucky Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans
President, Southern Heritage 411