By Terry Harris
At the October 1 meeting of the Surry County Board of Supervisors, Administrator Melissa Rollins reported that two bids had been received related to the fate of the Civil War Commemorative Monument which has been kept at an undisclosed location since it was removed from the grounds in front of the Historic Surry County Courthouse on August 15. The decision on where the monument, which has been the subject of increasingly heated debate for several years in Surry, ultimately will reside has been on hold as the county awaited responses to the 30 day period for accepting bids on the statue.
Rollins said that two very different proposals are under consideration.
One proposal, from the Isle of Wight County Historical Society, consists of an offer to take the cannon balls only. They would be relocated to Fort Huger in Smithfield, VA.
The other proposal, a copy of which is available online in the BOS packet for that meeting, is from the Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 9. The document says that they are a registered 501-C3 non-profit historical organization established in 1896 for male descendants of American Confederate soldiers as a “historical, patriotic, and non-political organization.” Their offer states that “at no cost to the county” they will supply manpower and equipment to relocate, reassemble and display the monument to an historic property in Surry County that is “’off the beaten path, but accessible to those who would like to respectably visit.”
Following the meeting, Rollins stated that the proposals are under consideration, but no decision has yet been made.