“We need to elect new Council and county commissioners who know how to spend our money in the right places, not to please someone who doesn’t like to look at the Vance.”
Per the joint city and county resolution that established the group, a “recommendation regarding the removal and/or repurposing of the Vance Monument” must be delivered to Asheville City Council and the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners within three months of Aug. 4, when the final members were appointed.
The lead artists of the giant downtown mural discuss planning and implementing the inspirational work.
“I believe the city and county ought to embrace the obelisk and repurpose it for a monument that stands for freedom and rights for every citizen who breathes the air of this nation.”
Vance, Patton, Woodfin, Henderson, Weaver, Chunn, Baird — their names are familiar to anyone living in Asheville and Buncombe County today. All were wealthy and influential civic leaders. They were also major slaveholders or slave traders and white supremacists.
“Could the word “Vance” on the Vance Monument be covered with a new inscription: Black Lives Matter?”
“My family may worry about our safety for a few weeks, but others in this country worry every single day — pandemic or not.”
“Plainly and unequivocally, common sense says keep the slave where he is now — in servitude,” declared Zebulon Vance, in a May 16, 1860 address to the House of Representatives.
Asheville City Council unanimously adopted a joint resolution with Buncombe County to remove two Confederate monuments at the Buncombe County Courthouse and in Pack Square Park. The resolution also convenes a task force to further explore the removal or repurposing of the Vance Monument in downtown Asheville.
“And if that isn’t enough, you’ll also get to see one of your current or former City Council members do stand-up comedy.”
2019 prediction: Town of Biltmore Forest will greatly expand its influence in county government by allowing trees to vote.
“Suddenly, we will have two monuments to consider: the steel lynching monument and Vance’s.”
“Now, people like Cox, by her writings and lectures, have incited individuals to do such things as to deface the plaque to Gen. Robert E. Lee at the Vance Monument.”
As marchers took to the streets across the country to protest gun violence on March 24, thousands gathered in Asheville to remember the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Lakeland, Fla. and to call for change.
“First off, let’s agree that anybody with an ounce of decency must feel a bit embarrassed that Asheville has given its top award for excellence to a man like Zebulon Baird Vance.”