Gary Williamson, founder of ACTBAC N.C., appeared in court Monday to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge from the night the Confederate monument pedestal was removed from McCorkle Place on Jan. 14.
The group, officially titled Alamance County Taking Back Alamance County, was on UNC’s campus to oppose the removal of the pedestal ordered by former Chancellor Carol Folt, according to a Times-News article. The group also worked to display Confederate flags around the area.
Per the group’s official website: “ACTBAC started as a group that is willing and wanting to preserve our Southern rights and grow to show our support for not only our county but our state as a whole when faced with issues against our Confederate history.”
Williamson was the only person arrested the night of the removal. He was charged with one count of resisting, delaying or obstructing arrest and was also issued a warning of trespass from McCorkle Place.
On Monday, Williamson represented himself in court and plead guilty to his charge. Prior to defending his case, District Court Judge Samantha Cabe requested a summary of Williamson’s prior charges, one of which dated back to 1998.