In our role as partners we often share leadership with other organizations focused on a particular justice issue, such as our partnership with the N.C. Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparities (NC CRED) in the Confederate Removal Project. We are working to see that confederate monuments are removed from courthouse lawns. No one should enter a courthouse seeking justice while passing by memorials to a system that perpetrated injustice. Once this goal is reached in all 100 N.C. counties, our work will end.
The North Carolina Council of Churches joins NC CRED and its national allies in urging the removal of all such “Confederate monuments, memorials, flags, plaques, and other symbols and markers of racism and white supremacy, from all public spaces on, around, or within all property upon which courthouses or judicial offices of any kind are located.”
As of 2020, the Southern Poverty Law Center estimated that there are approximately 1,750 “Confederate monuments, place names and other symbols still in public spaces, both in the South and across the nation.” Approximately ten percent of these monuments can be found in North Carolina. Click here to view the catalog of confederate monuments in North Carolina.
Monument is a documentary film that delves into the controversial history of Stone Mountain, the largest Confederate monument in the world, located in Atlanta, Georgia. The film includes the origin of the carving and the complicated relationships between historical events and key players who established the monument. This documentary is designed to inspire deeper learning and conversation about history that we as a state, and a country, share. Watch here.
This report, published by the Southern Poverty Law Center, has five parts in addition to its public map and dataset. This Third Edition of Whose Heritage? builds upon and expands the first and second editions. Click here to access the report.
Cash Bail Reform Issue Statements
The Council takes positions on issues through policy statements that inform, guide, and frame our work. Policy statements are adopted by our governing body, often upon the recommendation of one or more of the Council’s program committees which are made up of representatives of our member bodies.
- Remove Confederate Symbols Where Justice Is Sought (1/26/2021)
- Confederate-themed monuments: Time to reassess (9/21/2017)
Cash Bail Partner Organizations
Below is a list of our partners statewide with a link to their website for more information: