NC town board supports museum's 'Confederate' marker removal

Staff Writer

The Hillsborough Town Board has voted to support removing the words "Confederate Memorial" from above the front door of the Orange County Historical Museum.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that Monday's decision goes to the Historic District Commission, which must approve any changes to property in the town's historic district.

The board plans to post a sign telling visitors about the building's history, which Mayor Tom Stevens says could take several months.

The building's 1934 original marker read "Confederate Memorial Library." Museum executive director Candace Midgett says the word "library" was removed when the museum moved into the building in 1983.

Midgett says town leaders were asked in May about removing the words "Confederate Memorial" so the museum could add its own name and history.