Pitt Co. Commissioners vote not to send letter on Confederate statue's status

(Ashley Boles, NewsChannel 12 photo)

GREENVILLE, Pitt County - The Pitt County Board of Commissioners voted Monday night not to send a letter to the state about the status of the Confederate monument at the Pitt County Courthouse.

At issue is the status of the monument, which has drawn a lot of debate over the past few months. At a meeting on Sept. 11, several commissioners spoke out for and against the removal of the Confederate monument that has stood in front of the Pitt County Courthouse for over a century. Commissioner Ann Floyd Huggins proposed writing a letter to the state legislature detailing the concerns the Confederate monument brings to some residents of Pitt County.

NewsChannel 12's Greg Payne reports the commissioners ultimately voted Monday against sending the letter asking for a decision on the statue be put in the hands of local government instead of the state level. Currently, a state law prohibits Confederate statues from being removed, relocated or altered that are on public property without permission from the N.C. Historical Commission.