North Carolina governor requests Confederate monuments be moved from state capitol grounds to historic battlefield site

RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper has sent a formal request to move three Confederate monuments from State Capitol grounds to a historic site in Johnston County.

Machelle Sanders, secretary of the Department of Administration and a Cooper appointee, sent the petition to the state Historical Commission. A 2015 state law that took power away from elected officials to decide on their own to move or remove monuments requires commission approval for changes. But the law appears to limit what the commission can do.

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