A story concerning a controversial art project at Nandua has gone national. The story by Carol Vaughn originally appeared on Delmarva Now but has now been picked up by television stations as far away as Charlotte, North Carolina. On the day before the art project was due, Nandua student William Norman was told that a controversial art project which had previously been approved, was not acceptable and would have to be redone in 24 hours.
The project was a ceramic sculpture of a hand with the words “Robert E. Lee, history not hate” and an image of the battle flag of Northern Virginia on it. It was supposed to be displayed at the school. But 24 hours before the project was due the teacher changed her mind. That led to Principal George Parker to issue an ultimatum that required Norman to repaint the sculpture or get an F.
Norman, who claims to be a descendent of the former Confederate general, said the project reflected his heritage and had nothing to do with racism. Norman’s parents became involved and after several meetings the project was approved and was displayed at Nandua.
William told the Eastern Shore News “People that may be racist might fly the confederate flag but to me it has nothing to do with racism. It’s my heritage, my blood, where I came from.”