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Novant Health ends sponsorship of Faith Fourth over Confederate presence
(Salisbury Post) Novant Health — the title sponsor of the Faith Fourth of July parade, for years the centerpiece event for the surrounding area and one of the largest in the state — announced it is withdrawing its sponsorship of the event because of alarm over Confederate symbols and representation.
Novant’s decision comes on the heels of an ongoing letter-writing campaign from across the community aimed at letting sponsors know many residents are alarmed to see re-enactors, dressed in Confederate uniforms, stopping periodically to fire blanks from rifles over the heads of parade-goers, along with other representations of the Confederacy.
Groups sporting Confederate insignia and symbols have long participated in the parade, but last year, enough of a protest arose from the community that the town talked about the issue, but the consensus was that it represents part of the history of the country, …
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