Consultant: No consensus on Fayetteville’s city seal debate

The Associated Press

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FAYETTEVILLE — A consultant found no consensus among residents on whether Fayetteville should change its city seal which depicts a building once used as a slave market.

The Fayetteville Observer reports consultant Willie Ratchford of Charlotte said Thursday that he’s preparing a report of the January public meetings in which people offered their opinions on the seal’s inclusion of the Market House, where slaves where once sold.

The site was placed on the city seal over 20 years ago.

Ratchford, who hasn’t hired to make a recommendation, says opinions from those meetings were almost evenly split between residents favoring a change, and others wanting to preserve the seal.

The council hasn’t voted on the issue, but said in August it was willing to consider new design ideas and wanted community input.