College trustees address monument issue

Letters to the editor

Dear editor:

We write regarding your editorial calling on Louisburg College Trustees to make a statement about the Confederate Memorial on Main Street and the accompanying photograph linking the college to the monument.

The trustees have not held a meeting, but the undersigned officers of the board and trustees who live in Franklin County offer the following thoughts.

The monument is not owned by the college (apparently, rather, by the Town of Louisburg) and was not erected as part of the college.

At the time it was erected in 1913, the college was on one side of Main Street, and it was nearly a half century later before the college acquired property on the other side (as Louisburg High School was moved).

Perception is not reality. The memorial, which does now sit on a state right-of-way that bisects campus, was not constructed with any involvement of the college, so far as we are aware. It is not maintained by the college.

Louisburg College is a diverse community, and its employees - faculty and staff - and its students represent diverse perspectives. Each of those employees and students has every right to express his or her opinion.

We acknowledge the deep emotion surrounding the monument on Main Street. We urge the town, the state, and the others claiming ownership of the monument to work together on a solution that respects all stakeholders concerned about this issue.

Louisburg College is a purposefully small, primarily residential, preparatory college that seeks to nurture a diverse population of young men and women intellectually, culturally, socially, physically and spiritually.

The college provides support for a variety of learning styles and offers a robust athletic tradition.

The college provides a bridge from secondary schools, via extensive articulation agreements to senior colleges and universities, as well as awarding a number of degrees and technical certificates for students seeking immediate entry into careers.

Steve Brooks, Chair, Louisburg College
Board of Trustees

Tad DeBerry '85,
Vice Chair,
Louisburg College
Board of Trustees

Lynda Lumpkin,
Secretary,
Louisburg College Board of Trustees

Lucy Allen,
member,
Louisburg College
Board of Trustees

Sidney Dunston,
member,
Louisburg College
Board of Trustees

Bobbie Richardson,
member,
Louisburg College
Board of Trustees

Boyd Sturges,
member,
Louisburg College
Board of Trustees