I also liked a suggestion in the Xpress a while back that we rename it as “Advance Asheville,” and that gave me an idea. I would love to see us hire some of our very talented local Black artists or sculptors to redesign the monument.
The image that came to me is of people helping each other to climb up the structure, some standing on the shoulders of others and finally reaching its peak. Such an image could help remind us of where we’ve come from, how joint efforts have moved us forward and how much work we still need to do to heal.
— Shealy Thompson Asheville
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