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(Asheville Citizen Times) – The state’s highest court heard oral arguments Nov. 1 in the “historic” case challenging the removal of a downtown Asheville monument honoring a Confederate-era governor. A final opinion from the court could take weeks or months to be issued.
In downtown Raleigh’s Justice Building, the seven justices heard 30 minutes of argument each from Edward Phillips, lawyer for the Society for the Historical Preservation of the 26th North Carolina Troops ― the group that brought the challenge against the city ― and Asheville Senior Assistant City Attorney Eric Edgerton.
Issues of standing, a much-debated 2015 donation agreement and a similar monument removal case decided by the Supreme Court late last year, were central to the hearing.
The lawsuit surrounds the 75-foot-tall granite Vance Monument, which stood in Pack Square Plaza since 1898, all but its base taken down as of June 2021 after Asheville City Council voted 6-1 to remove it in March of that year.
The Society for the Historical Preservation of the 26th North Carolina Troops, called a…