Public will Get a Chance to Weigh-In on Salisbury Confederate Monument “Fame”

SALISBURY, N.C. – The public will soon get a chance to weigh-in on the future of a Confederate monument in Salisbury.

“Fame” has been downtown for more than 110 years at the intersection of Church and Innes Streets.

It’s been vandalized twice in the past year.

It depicts a dying Confederate solider being held by an angel-type figure named “Fame.”

Salisbury’s mayor Al Heggins is worried about tensions rising around the long-standing statue.

She and city council are planning a public meeting to talk about the monument.

“Sit down with one another, break some bread, have real conversation, and share what your attachment is,” Heggins explains.

Members of the local chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, which owns the statue, decided not to attend a private meeting about the statue on Tuesday.

“Their voices are important to this conversation as well. So that’s why I’m disappointed because I want them to be heard,” Heggins says.

There’s debate over who owns the land the statue sits on. Some say it was deeded to the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

The Mayor says it belongs to the city or NCDOT.

“It never makes you happy to see see a controversy like this,” says Aaron Kepley, with Rowan Museum.

Kepley says how people see “Fame” has changed over time.

“Society is changing, so how do you deal with that change, when you have some of these relics from a past you don’t agree with?” Kepley asks.