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Bentonville residents react to removal of Confederate statue

Whether we agree with history or disagree with history, we need to respect history and we need to learn from history,” says Joey Mccutchen, Attorney, United daughters of the Confederate.

The confederate statue admiring Second Lt. James Berry, a former confederate soldier, Arkansas Governor, and US Senator.

JAMES H. BERRY’S STATUE’S PREVIOUS LOCATION

The Statue is located in the city’s downtown square. As the Encyclopedia of Arkansas State, the James H Berry chapter UDC mounted the statue in 1908, as a segment of a successful national effort to glorify the Lost cause.
A.J. Bates, a banker donated $1000 and the UDC chapter provided $1500 of the $2500 of the monument’s cost.

IS IT A SITUATION OF DISPUTE OR PEACE

Residents in Northwest Arkansas are mooting whether a confederate statue should be removed after a white nationalist rally turned brutal last week in Charlottesville, Virginia.
In Baltimore, Mayor Catherine Pugh said she is ready to tear down all of her city’s Confederate statues and the city councils have voted to have them destroyed.
We should not glorify a part of our history in front of our buildings that really is a testament to America’s original sin” Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe said on Monday after the statue known as ” Old Joe” was remitted to the United daughters Confederacy, who erected it in 1904.
“I’m watching this statue come down and I’ve got tears in my eyes over it. It’s a good day” speaks Jessica Paycheck with a heavy heart. Addressing the situation Judge Barry Moehring, Banton County said “There’s a lot of mixed feelings about it.”

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO STATUE

The monument will be locomoted to a private park near the Bentonville Cemetry where Gov. James H burial is. The Benton County Historical Society will have the possession and control over the park. United Daughters of the confederacy will resume owning the monument.
“I’m happy and ecstatic that I can now bring my family to this square, and we can feel welcomed,” said Sheree Miller, Shame of Bentonville Member.
Ultimately Mc Cutchen said he was pleased with how the situation was dealt. Making the situation a win-win for everyone. “This thing wasn’t removed in the cover of darkness of disrespectfully,” Mc Cutchen rejoiced over the situation.

SOLUTION REACHED

Amidst the chaos of buildings tearing down, the residents of Bentonville were peaceful after reassurance. The statue will be locomoted to a private park instead of being demolished.

“Both parties worked towards the solution. That’s not happening in the other parts of the country,” agreed Judge of Banton County, Barry Moehring.

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