- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 15, 2017

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Residents in northwest Arkansas are debating whether a Confederate statue should be removed after a white nationalist rally turned violent last week in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Bentonville Mayor Bob McCaslin tells the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that he’s received numerous calls in support of the statue, but also a formal petition to have it removed. He says the city isn’t responsible for the statue.

County attorney George Spence says the statue is most likely owned by Benton County as a “donation.” But he says there may be restrictions on what the county can do with it.

The Confederate statue honoring Second Lt. James Berry is located in the city’s downtown square. On Sunday, more than 100 people gathered around the statue for the Stand in Solidarity with Charlottesville rally.

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Information from: Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.nwaonline.com

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