Confederate monument

The Confederate monument sits adjacent to Battle Park in Rocky Mount.

The Rocky Mount City Council today voted to remove the Confederate monument from in front of Battle Park.

The vote was 6-1 to move the monument to a "safe place," with Councilman W.B. Bullock casting the lone dissenting vote.

The action was taken toward the end of a council workshop on the proposed fiscal year 2020-21 budget.

Councilman Andre Knight, who chaired the meeting in his role as mayor pro tem, brought up the subject after a presentation about funding for the planned renovations to Battle Park.

"I feel that we should not at this time allocate $100,000 or in the future any money to that park until we as a council address the Confederate statue in light of what has happened all across the country and in close proximity to us in Raleigh, Greenville and Wilson," Knight said.

Councilman Lige Daughtridge expressed concerns that the action could open the city to potential legal action and his desire to seek advice from the city attorney before proceeding but ultimately voted in favor of the measure.

The motion was made by Councilman Reuben Blackwell and seconded by Councilman Richard Joyner and stipulated that the location the monument would be moved to be determined "at a later time."