Warren County Confederate Monument, Warrenton
W.H. Mullins Company, Salem, OH, Foundry
This monument to the confederate soldiers stood on the Warren Court House Square. The monument represented a stone obelisk with a plaque on the bottom dedicating it to Confederate soldiers. On top of the obelisk stood an older bearded confederate soldier holding a gun.
Images: Removal of the monument on June 24, 2020 | The statue comes down
Front: ERECTED TO THE CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS OF WARREN COUNTY, 1861-1865 / NO BRAVER BLED / FOR BETTER LAND / NOR BETTER LAND / HAD CAUSE SO GRAND / LORD GOD OF HOSTS / BE WITH US YET. / LEST WE FORGET! / LEST WE FORGET! / OUR HEROES
October 27, 1913
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Stamped sheet copper with antique bronze finish, granite shaft and base
This monument was constructed by the Warren Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy and Sons of Warren.
Former Governor Robert Glenn was orator for the dedication. Commissioner Charles G. Moore accepted the memorial on behalf of the county and spoke on the legacy of the Confederate soldier. He declared that the South was "richer today than if the demon of strife had never wasted on high places . . . Providence will never permit such seas of blood to have been shed in vain." The daughter of a Confederate veteran unveiled the monument. The band played "America," "The Star-Spangled Banner," "Carolina," and "Dixie."
Mass produced stamped copper statues were inexpensive compared to bronze but often passed off as such. News reports on these statues rarely if ever reported they were of copper. It was also not announced that these statues were frequently manufactured in a Northern factory. Other examples of W.H. Mullins statues can be found in Asheboro, Albemarle, Greenville, Pittsboro and Sylva.
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.
During an emergency meeting on June 23, 2020, the Warren County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to remove the Confederate monument on Courthouse Square in Warrenton, NC. Commissioner Victor Hunt called for commissioners to act now to protect the safety of local residents and businesses in order to preserve the peacefulness of the county.
The Warren County Confederate monument was removed following a unanimous vote during emergency meeting on June 23, 2020, by the Warren County Board of Commissioners.
The monument stood in front of the Warren County courthouse, at 109 S Main St, Warrenton, NC 27589. This monument stood on the Courthouse lawn surrounded by mature trees.