Regarding the monument to the memory of Thomas Meriwether in Calhoun Park, North Augusta, and all other historical Confederate monuments and markers threatened to be moved or changed in some way in our area:
This message is to Mayor Bob Pettit of North Augusta, Mayor Hardie Davis of Augusta and Mayor Rick Osbon of Aiken, also to journalist Kenton Makin and the legislative bodies of each of these cities.
I want you all to know that I am 100 percent against defacing or destroying or removing any historical markers or monuments in my hometown of North Augusta, S.C., or my birth town Augusta.
I think it is disgraceful that this has been proposed as an actual possibility, which I am certain would need to be paid for by my taxes. I have been a resident of North Augusta for 62 years, a voting, taxpaying resident. Before that I was born in Augusta. And I would be appalled if those beautiful monuments were destroyed.
I worked long and hard to see Sacred Heart Church saved from the wrecking ball. I will work just as hard to see these other historical monuments protected and respected for what they are. Residents and government officials worked to have these erected. Money was spent. Time was spent. It meant something to them. And it is our history.
History is not pretty. It is human. But it is still history, and you can’t change that.
Sure, there are different opinions about who should be honored and who should not. So, if you tear down these monuments, please also tear down the rest of them as well, because history means nothing to you, and our tax money being spent means nothing to you. So just tear them down and I will be happy to see you voted out of office next election.
I feel very strongly about this. Leave the monuments alone. And if you or your constituents decide to erect any new monuments, please have a public opinion poll taken so that someone in your future won’t tear down your beloved monument.
North Augusta, S.C.