Alamance commissioner Tim Sutton referred to slaves as workers during a meeting of the commission. Sutton was referring to his great-grandfather's service in the Confederate army during the Civil War and said
“It is my understanding that when he died ... that some guys on the farm, you can call them slaves if you want to, but I would just call them workers, that they raised a good bit of my family. When the time came, my great-grandmother gave them land.'
The Confederate statue on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus was a point of friction and protest long before the Charlottesville rally in support of a statue of Robert E. Lee turned tragically violent and left three people dead, thrusting the issue into the national spotlight.
Video: In preparation for a rally tonight, UNC Chapel Hill placed two barricades around the Confederate statue known as Silent Sam on Tuesday. Campus police shifted the fence to a more linear shape and a history professor speaks out.
After a turbulent week of race relations in Durham, including the removal of a Confederate statue by activists and rumors of a KKK rally drawing hundreds to the streets, an annual 'Black August in the Park' celebration Sunday was a pleasant release.