- Associated Press - Friday, September 4, 2015

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Officials in Fayetteville have decided to conduct a survey about the use of the Market House on the city seal because of the building’s role in selling slaves.

The Fayetteville Observer reported (https://bit.ly/1UwNrFU) that members of a panel of the Fayetteville-Cumberland Human Relations Commission said Thursday night they want to get the public’s thoughts on the possibility of removing the symbol.

According to historical research presented to the City Council more than 25 years ago, slaves were sold at the Market House, as well as other downtown locations, up until 1865.

“We’ll give the community the opportunity to voice those opinions,” said Sheila Cuffee, a committee member.

The panel will report to the Fayetteville City Council, which voted last month to consider removing the Market House from the city seal.

At last month’s work session, the City Council voted 10-0 to consider changing the seal, with some council members saying the building’s ties to slavery are demeaning.

Although the city has used an image of the iconic, two-story, red-brick building on its seal since 1993, the police and fire departments long ago removed it from badges and uniforms because of the racial tension it caused.

The uses of symbols related to the Civil War have been reconsidered since nine black church members were shot and killed in June in Charleston, South Carolina.


Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, https://www.fayobserver.com

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