Person County Confederate Monument, Roxboro
A granite sculpture of a Confederate soldier, dressed in Confederate garb complete with cap, crosses his arm and rests them on his rifle, the butt of which is on the ground. The sculpture stands atop a stone pedestal. The soldier depicted is Captain E. Fletcher Satterfield.
Images: Close-up view of the sculpture | Back view | Side view | Inscription on the base and pedestal | View of the memorial with the courthouse behind it
Base: OUR CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS / 1861-1865
Pedestal: ERECTED BY PERSON COUNTY / CHAPTER UNITED DAUGHTERS / OF THE CONFEDERACY
May 20, 1922
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Person County United Daughters of the Confederacy
Hon. Josephus Daniels of Raleigh delivered the address for the unveiling of this monument on May 20th, 1922. The attendees sang Confederate songs; Rev. J. B. Hurley provided the invocation, Mr. S. G. Winstead introduced Hon. Daniels, Mrs. J. A. Long presented the monument, Mr. N. Lunsford accepted the monument for the Veterans, and Master James A. Long, Jr. unveiled it to the attendees.
Capt. E. Fletcher Satterfield was killed on July 3, 1863 while bearing the flag of his regiment, the 55th NC, at Gettysburg.
Following the massacre of nine African Americans in a church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17, 2015 by white supremacist Dylann Roof, Americans, especially southerners, have reflected on and argued over the historical legacy of slavery, the Civil War, the Confederacy, and white supremacy. Monuments have been a particular focus of these debates and controversies, especially after the death of a counter-protester, Heather Heyer, at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017 and after President Donald Trump expressed his opposition to the removal of Confederate memorials. Despite laws in many southern states intended to prevent or impede the removal or relocation of historical monuments, protesters and local community leaders have removed or relocated controversial monuments associated with slavery, the Confederacy, and white supremacy. The pace of the removal of controversial monuments accelerated sharply in 2020, following the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Against the backdrop of protests against police brutality and white supremacy across the nation, local authorities in many communities in North Carolina removed and/or relocated monuments that were the focus of civil unrest.
Although being open to relocating the Confederate Monument and a monument to Confederate Captains from Person County, the Person County Commissioners declared in July 2020 that no money was available to relocate the monuments. The Roxboro Veterans Council then offered to move the memorials to their veterans’ park if funds could be raised to do so. In August 2020 the commissioners voted unanimously to relocate the monuments pending private funding. A private donor had agreed to provide the estimated $25,000 needed for relocation but then backed out. In February 2021 a local nonprofit, Personians Against Injustice and Racism, created a GoFundMe page to kick start the fundraising effort.
The monument is located on the courthouse square in downtown Roxboro, NC near the intersection of Main Street and Court Street. World War Two Memorial and Monument to Confederate Captains from Person County stand on its right. Located on the other corner of the courthouse square (intersection of S Main Street and Abbitt Street) are Robert Lester Blackwell Memorial, Veterans Memorial and Korean War Memorial.
The memorial stands on the landscaped courthouse lawn.