Updated 05/23/2012 05:25 PM
Judge to decide fate of broken Confederate statue
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REIDSVILLE, N.C. -- One year after an historic statue was knocked off its base in an accident, there is legal wrangling over whether to rebuild the 100-year-old statue it in its original location or build a new statue in a different area of Reidsville.
After a driver accidentally hit the statue, his insurance company settled with the United Daughters of the Confederacy, which the city's attorney said owned the statue.
The Historic Preservation Action Committee, which held a peaceful protest Tuesday, filed an injunction to keep the group from spending that money.
United Daughters of the Confederacy wants to build a new statue in the Veteran's Park in Reidsville. The case is now in the hands of a judge, who will decide its fate by Friday.
"It belongs to the people,” said Diane Parnell with the Historic Preservation Action Committee. “It doesn't belong to a group of ladies who don't even live in Rockingham County. They never came to Reidsville to see what our soldier was all about."
We contacted the city attorney and the president of the United Daughters of the Confederacy for their side of the story -- both declined comment.