The word of the year is division, and the on cue, the debate over what to do with the Confederate Monument in Eastville Green has exposed a rift among Northampton residents.
At Tuesday’s public hearing, the response was mixed, with some speakers supporting the monument, others steadfastly against it remaining. All written comments were in favor of removing the statue.
Where there was agreement, it came in support of Dr. Art Carter’s proposal to leave the Confederate Monument, and adding a monument to a Union Solider who is carved in “an African-American likeness.”
Supervisor Dixon Leatherbury argued that modern mores and morality should not be used to judge those that lived in the 19th century.
Chairman Oliver Bennett was more divisive, noting he would not compromise on the monument based on the racism he had to endure living in Northampton County.
The fate of the monument will be on the agenda at the Board’s next Regular meeting in November.