Controversy prompts Fayetteville to consider new city seal

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The Fayetteville city seal

Fayetteville leaders agreed Monday night to begin the discussion over how to change the city's logo after some have asked it to be reworked to remove the Market House - a nearly 200-year-old building where slaves were once sold.

Monday's city council meeting was the first since a re-examination of Confederate symbols across the South in the wake of nine black churchgoers being gunned down in Charleston by an apparent white supremacist.

The head of Fayetteville's NAACP chapter and a local lawyer have called for the logo to be changed.

Fayetteville historian Bruce Daws has said the Market House was built around 1832 in a town square where slaves were sometimes sold. There is a plaque on the Market House that pays tribute to the lives sold there.

Monday, city leaders said they would work towards creating a new seal that better represents the diversity of the city.

No timeline was given, but they said community input would be sought.

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