In Case You Forgot – July 2015

McCrory signs monuments bill, protest petition repeal

Efforts to remove public monuments, including Confederacy-related memorials, will now require legislative approval.

Efforts to remove public monuments, including Confederacy-related memorials, will now require legislative approval.

Gov. Pat McCrory on Thursday signed into law the Historic Artifact Management and Patriotism Act, just two days after the House approved the measure amid heated debate over the idea of protecting Confederate monuments in the wake of a mass shooting in Charleston, S.C., for which a self-professed white supremacist has been charged.

The law prohibits the permanent removal of any “monument, memorial, plaque, statue, marker, or display of a permanent character that commemorates an event, a person, or military service that is part of North Carolina’s history” from public property unless the General Assembly passes a law to allow for the removal.

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