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Asheville Considers The Future Of Its Confederate Monuments

Matt Bush/Blue Ridge Public Radio

On Tuesday evening the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners will vote on the future of two Confederate monuments in downtown Asheville: a Robert E. Lee memorial in Pack Square and a monument honoring fallen Confederate soldiers outside the Buncombe County Courthouse. 

Last week Asheville’s city council unanimously voted to remove the two monuments. The United Daughters of the Confederacy own these two memorials, and if the resolution passes, the group will have 90 days to remove them. The commissioners will also vote on the Asheville City Council’s request for a task force to decide the future of the controversial Vance Monument in Pack Square. Host Frank Stasio gets the latest from Matt Bush, news director for Blue Ridge Public Radio.

Amanda Magnus is the executive producer of Embodied, a weekly radio show and podcast about sex, relationships and health. She has also worked on other WUNC shows including Tested and CREEP.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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