FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – An online survey conducted by the City of Fayetteville found 90 percent of residents were not offended by the city’s logo.
Last week, a Fayetteville attorney wrote a letter to city leaders requesting the city’s logo be changed because it represented slavery.
The City recently asked for public input and so far, residents aren’t bothered by the seal.
For many, Fayetteville’s Market House has remained a symbol of slavery since the late 1800s.
Slaves were reportedly auctioned at or near the downtown Fayetteville monument.
Although it has served as the City’s seal for decades, several community members want the logo changed.
Kevin Arata, communications director for Fayetteville, said “Some people are offended by it, some not. But really, this is a cause for us to go back and re-look at the situation to determine what we gotta do.”
Last week, the City created a dialogue forum on its Facebook page. An online survey was also created.
“We’ve had 960 people respond to the poll and about 90 percent have said to leave it the way it is,” Arata said.
The local NAACP President Jimmy Buxton said, “I would not have gotten this survey if someone hadn’t emailed it to me. I wouldn’t know anything about it.”
In the 1990s, the Fayetteville Police and Fire departments removed the Market House symbol from logos and just last week more changes were made to the city’s phone system.
Up until last week, callers would hear the Fayetteville’s hometown song when placed on hold.
Although Arata says it was changed for marketing purposes, he says various residents were offended by the song because it mentioned cotton and the Market House.
As for the seal, Buxton hopes city leaders will respect those offended by it.
“Let it go in the history books, but it doesn’t have to be on the logo representing an All-American City,” Buxton said.
The Fayetteville City Council will discuss the Market House logo at an Aug. 3 meeting.