State Capitol Monuments Study Committee A memorial can serve to recall the past, to commemorate people and events that brought us to the present moment, to create a cause for contemplation or a sense of awe. At the request of Governor Pat McCrory, the N.C. Historical Commission and the N.C. African American Heritage Commission is examining alternatives with respect to diversifying the memorials on the State Capitol grounds to address the underrepresentation of African Americans. Involving the Public in the Process In March, April and May 2016, Governor Pat McCrory and the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources invited members of the public to join the process to help determine how to proceed with this project by attending public hearings held across the state or submitting their thoughts online. The committee is working on synthesizing the information it has received and developing recommendations. A progress report will be issued in late summer 2016.