Under the Dome

Black history monument ideas solicited

Four public meetings will be held around the state to hear what people would like to see in a monument on the state Capitol grounds in Raleigh commemorating the achievements of African-Americans in North Carolina.

In October, Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration joined long-delayed efforts to build such a monument. The N.C. Historical Commission and the N.C. African American Heritage Commission endorsed the idea.

A moratorium on additional statues at the Capitol has been in place for 25 years. A study group formed by the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources determined the moratorium should be lifted for this project, according to the governor’s office.

There are three unoccupied corners on the state Capitol grounds in downtown Raleigh.

The hearings will help determine the location, materials, size and scale of a monument, and the theme it would portray.

The hearings will be at 6:30 p.m. at these locations:

▪ March 1 at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum, 134 South Elm St. in Greensboro.

▪ March 8 at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arte + Culture, 551 South Tryon St. in Charlotte.

▪ March 22 at the Braswell Memorial Library, 727 North Grace St. in Rocky Mount.

▪ March 29, at the Shaw Auditorium at Fayetteville State University, 1200 Murchison Road in Fayetteville.

Deputy Secretatry Kevin Cherry can also be given input at 919-807-7280 or by mail at 4610 MSC, Raleigh, NC 27699-4610.