Judge lets lawsuit move forward over Gaston County (NC) Confederate monument

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(WSOC-TV) – A judge gave a big win to a group hoping to move a Confederate monument from in front of the Gaston County Courthouse. The case could go to trial later this year.

At its center is a three-story high monument, which the NAACP argues is a symbol of white supremacy.

Reporter Ken Lemon has followed the case from the start. He learned the attorney for Gaston County commissioners asked the judge not to move forward with the case until an appeals court rules on a similar case in Alamance County. That could have delayed the case in Gaston County by at least another 6 months.

But on Monday, the judge said no. The ruling made local NAACP president Chris Thomasson happy.

“I said ‘thank you Jesus,’” he told Lemon.

The NAACP is part of a group of plaintiffs who sued Gaston County Commissioners to have the monument removed from…

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