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Enfield business owners react to recent small-town turmoil

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HALIFAX COUNTY, N.C. — The small town of Enfield received a lot of attention after its mayor personally demolished a Confederate memorial that the town voted to remove. A racist letter was reportedly found in people’s driveways and the police chief took it inside. Two weeks notice for him.

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Town officials of Enfield voted to remove the Confederate memorial, and the mayor personally helped tear it down

Racist letters were reportedly found in people’s driveways across town

The Enfield police chief and two other officers have resigned but have not publicly commented on why.

Tony Silver grew up in Halifax County and has lived in Enfield since 1992.

“It’s a town that everyone knows and it’s always a good place. It’s not a complicated place,” Silver said.

Enfield is a small town of about 2,400 with railroad tracks running through downtown.

“I don’t like to call colors, but I’ll call them for this one,” Silver said. the white side of the , whose railroad separates and divides it.”

Silver’s concrete business has been based in Enfield for the past 23 years. Having been in this business for so long, he knows that anything that starts with a strong foundation will stand the test of time.

“Twenty years from now I can ride with my grandchildren and say, ‘Oh, we did that,'” Silver said. “And if it’s done right, it will last a lifetime.”

Recently, the foundations of the town have cracked. On August 21, Mayor Mondale Robinson demolished a Confederate memorial that town officials had voted to remove. The memorial was originally built to honor Confederate soldiers, but was later expanded to include foreign war veterans.

Robinson has been accused of damaging the monument and removing it without following proper procedures, but the mayor has not apologized for bringing it down.

Silver believes the time has come for the memorial to go.

“If you can get over the material things that keep you separated, I think you’ll get there after a while. Memories are best kept in mind,” Silver said.

Additionally, Silver says he and others at Enfield recently found racist letters and leaflets in their driveway. contains a mention.

A picture of a flyer that Tony Silver found in his driveway. (Credit: Tony Silver)

“There are a handful of people here trying to keep destroying, but we can’t let that happen. Not Enfield,” Silver said.

Enfield Police Chief James Ayers, who has only held the position since March 1, recently filed a two-week notice. but he refused. Robinson said two of his other officers also resigned at the same time.

Silver says he never expected the chief to leave at a time like this.

Enfield Police Chief James Ayers recently submitted his resignation. (Courtesy: Town of Enfield)

“I wish he had stuck with what he knew, but at the same time, if he can’t handle these situations, it’s probably best for him,” said Silver. I think it’s time for the veterans to stay and help the town.”

Silver feels invested in Enfield and believes these recent changes can actually be beneficial in the long run.

“Something is about to change, so I’m glad this is all happening. I hope we’re all on the right track towards unity,” Silver said. There are many possibilities, if you’re at the bottom, like everything else, there’s only one way to go and that’s it.The right people to help this town move forward. is currently located.

“In terms of infrastructure, a lot has been done by previous administrations, and it was well needed. I could wear a nice, custom-made suit, but if you have a problem with your heart, I know, clean it up and you’ll be fine.”

On Monday, Robinson asked Gov. Roy Cooper to declare a state of emergency and to send additional law enforcement assistance. Meanwhile, the State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the removal of the Confederate memorial to determine whether any laws were violated during the removal process.

On Tuesday, Spectrum News 1 received the following statement from Robinson. Enfield now has no police officers who don’t value what our town does: fairness. And this gives our small towns an opportunity to rethink what they can do with those resources. “