RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Statues honoring famous citizens abound on the grounds of North Carolina's state Capitol, but just one of those memorials commemorates a black person.
Now a proposal to change that is slowly making progress, with the first of several public hearings scheduled this week to seek ideas for a new monument's design.
The hearings are expected to push forward a project that began in 2010, with the aim that African-Americans, women and American Indians could join the ranks of those honored.
The only black person now depicted in a sculpture there is anonymous soldier who's one of three faces on the Vietnam War monument.
In a 2010 report, a study committee said North Carolina has lagged behind neighboring states in the diversity of the memorials on the Capitol grounds.