Former NAACP President In Owensboro Defending Confederate Monument

By: David Shepherd
Updated: September 14, 2012

OWENSBORO – The former president of North Carolinian’s NAACP chapter was in Owensboro Friday answering a call made in a local newspaper to have a confederate statue removed from the front of the Daviess County courthouse.

Some in Owensboro say it promotes slavery while others say it’s about history and honor. It’s a statue honoring confederate soldiers.

As we told you earlier in the week, a local newspaper editorial recently called for the statue to be removed saying it promoted slavery.

But H.K. Edgerton, the former NAACP President, is telling people to leave the statue alone; adding it’s an important part of history and where he came from.

Friday, a small but passionate group of locals gathered at the site of the statue to hear Edgerton speak and to show their support for their heritage. He said, "Coming together to talk about this thing it will heal America. These folks are not here talking about how this flag divisive and how we need to hide it and put it away."

Edgerton continued, "It’s a symbol of the south. It’s a symbol of who we are. Everything about me being southern is in this flag."

When we spoke to the author of the editorial this week he said he just wanted to express his opinion.

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