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Confederate monuments opposed by panelists at UNCA
Sunday, 11 February 2018 12:03
By JOHN NORTH
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A panel addressed the topic of “Confederate Monuments and Their Future”  — and was unanimous in its opposition — during a 90-minute panel discussion on Jan. 26 at UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center.

The event drew a capacity turnout of more than 250 people, with a number of people being turned away to abide by fire marshall safety concerns. The event was free and everyone was welcome.

 Only a handful of African-Americans were scattered through the audience.

The panel discussion was moderated by Darin Waters, an assistant professor of history at UNCA. He also is a special assistant to the chancellor for community outreach and engagement

The four panelists included Deborah Miles, director of UNCA’s Center for Diversity Education; Sasha Mitchell, chair of the African-American Heritage Commission for Asheville and Buncombe County and creator-editor of The Color of Asheville; Sheneika Smith, newly elected member of Asheville City Council and founder of Date My City; and Dan Pierce, professor of history and NEH Distinguished Professor at UNCA and author of numberous books on Southern and Appalachian History.

Steven Nash was listed as the fifth panelist, but he did not participate in the discussion. Nash is an associate professor of history at East Tennessee State University and author of “Reconstruction’s Ragged Edge: The Politics of Postwar Life in the Southern Mountains.”


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