Confederate Vance Monument debate reignited amid George Floyd protests
A Confederate monument memorializing Zebulon Baird Vance towers 65 feet over Park Square in downtown Asheville.
The Buncombe County native it honors was North Carolina’s governor during the Civil War, a slave owner and a documented racist. For years, people have debated whether a tribute to him should hold such a prominent place in Asheville. Several ideas have been floated, ranging from providing historic contextualization at the monument to outright removal.