Fayetteville residents discuss changing the city’s seal

File image of the Fayetteville Market, which is used in the city's seal.

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN —Fayetteville residents are sharing their thoughts about the city seal.

This comes after various city council members and residents complained that the logo was offensive.

Three meetings are taking place Tuesday nigh throughout Fayetteville, one of which is going on at the Kiwanis Recreation Center on Devers street.

File image of the Fayetteville Market, which is used in the city's seal.
File image of the Fayetteville City Market, which is used in the city’s seal.

City leaders will hear both sides from residents, those who find no problem with the seal and others who say its offensive.

Currently Fayetteville’s market house is pictured in the logo. Critics say the landmark building is a symbol of slavery and doesn’t truly represent the city. Slaves were sold at the market house during the 1800’s.

Tom Holt lives in Fayetteville. He said “the seal is fine. It doesn’t offend me, but it offends other people and we should pay attention to that. Fayetteville should be more forward looking and ready to go to the future, rather than dwelling on the past.”

Carmela Mckeller, works in Fayetteville. She said “if you wanted to represent something and be something as a sense of pride for the city, it’s not a sense of pride for the city. If you wanted to be reflective of a landmark, it is a landmark.”

This past summer, the city conducted an online poll asking residents if the market house should be removed from the seal. 200 people said yes, 1500 others said the seal should remain the same.

Tonight’s meeting was at Kiwanis recreation center.

More meetings are scheduled next Thursday throughout Fayetteville. The city council could then decide to vote if the seal should be changed.

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