Calls to remove or somehow amend the Vance Monument in Asheville have grown louder in the wake of the weekend violence in Charlottesville.

The debate will continue the weekend Sept. 14-15 with a two-day symposium, “The Zeb Vance I Know,” hosted by UNC Asheville. Zebulon Vance, born near Weaverville in Buncombe County, was known as North Carolina’s Civil War governor.

A keynote talk by David Blight, director of Yale University’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition, will be held at 7 p.m. at Lipinsky Auditorium on Sept. 14. Then at 2 p.m. on Sept. 15 at the Sherrill Center, best-selling mystery writer Sharyn McCrumb will hold a talk.

As background, here’s some recent, relevant coverage regarding the Vance Monument:

Debate over Asheville’s confederate memorials continues by Max Hunt of Mountain Xpress, who offers detailed history and context for the ongoing debate.

-When Past is Present: Zeb Vance and his monument by Mountain Xpress contributor Milton Ready, retired UNC Asheville history professor, who notes that Vance was a slaveholder, was at odds with Confederate leadership, loathed the KKK, thought the newly freed slaves were an inferior people, argued against a wave of anti-Semitism and more.

The Advance Monument: A proposal for Asheville’s Vance problem by Asheville Citizen-Times guest columnist Mark Essig, an author and historian, who makes an argument for renaming the obelisk and placing a new plaque offering more context at the site of the monument.

-Information about the bronze statue of Vance in the U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Hall.

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  1. Southern born and bred says:

    We do not need to remove our Confederate Statues and Memorials. As a 10th generation of this area, the Civil War is my history. My great grandfather fought in the Civil War for states rights. My family never owned slaves. You cannot change history. I am not a racist or a hater but I will stand with anyone that protests against bringing them down. What are the haters going to tear down next? Arlington Cemetary? It was given for veterans by Thomas Jefferson who was a slave owner. These people that are protesting about convicts being slaves because they have to work in prison. Give me a break! These protesters are angry, mean, hurtful people. If they don’t like our Memorials, then move where there aren’t any. We did not ask these haters to come here in the first place. Asheville has definitely gone to the dogs.

  2. Jason- for a deeper, accurate look at those who set up and were part of the planning for the event in Charlottesville (which will explain the next event as well) go to an article in today’s Zero Hedge (header feature article titled “Unite the Right” Jason Kessler…….) and watch the interview at the end from Crowd Source the Truth, interviewing Lee Stranahan, reporter. (details in the first 15 minutes of 50 minutes total). Maybe this will get through…………….

  3. Jason- for a deeper, accurate look at those who set up and were part of the planning for the event in Charlottesville (which will explain the next event as well) go to an article in today’s Zero Hedge (header feature article titled “Unite the Right” Jason Kessler…….) and watch the interview at the end from Crowd Source the Truth, interviewing Lee Stranahan, reporter. (details in the first 15 minutes of 50 minutes total).

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