NC plans more public hearings on African-American monument

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina is holding four additional public hearings on a monument to commemorate the achievements of African-Americans.

The first hearing is scheduled for Tuesday at St. Phillips Moravian Church and Heritage Center in Winston-Salem. Hearings also will be held April 19 in Asheville; April 26 in Wilmington; and May 3 in Raleigh.

The state Department of Cultural and Natural Resources is seeking ideas for the monument, which will be located on the State Capitol grounds.

The hearings focus on several questions, including the thematic elements of the monument, materials and scale.

It has been more than five years since a study recommended that blacks, women and American Indians should be honored with outdoor statues around the state Capitol on what’s called Union Square.

Four hearings also were held in March.

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