EDEN, NC - A banner referencing the Reidsville Monument and the KKK was found outside the Rockingham County Schools Administration Building Wednesday morning.
According to the Sheriff's Office, the banner also had racially offensive wording.
A school administration employee found the banner when she went to work this morning. She said it was staked into the ground near the entrance facing the road.
Once the employee removed the sign, she called the Sheriff's Office. They believe the sign was posted between 12:45am and 7am this morning.
Statement of Mayor James K. Festerman, City of Reidsville: "I am sorry that a family matter caused me to miss the City Council meeting this afternoon. In light of the unfortunate and hateful banner that was placed at the Rockingham County Schools' Administration Building, I feel the need to assure our citizens that their Mayor and City Council will continue to work with the appropriate authorities to not only stop these hate crimes, but to also bring the perpetrators to justice if possible. Furthermore, it is this City Council's continuing, and unyielding position, that the Confederate Monument is the property of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and we support their right to put the statue in Greenview Cemetery. While I support the constitutional right of those people that oppose our viewpoint to peacefully exercise their opinion on this subject, I would hope that they would see the damage their continuing opposition is doing to our community."
Anyone with information is asked to call the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office at 336-634-3232 or Rockingham County Crimestoppers at 336-349-9683.
Rockingham County Sheriff's Office