Confederate monument taken down in North Carolina city

Written by on November 26, 2019

A confederate monument was taken down in a North Carolina city early Wednesday morning as some onlookers applauded and cheered and a few supporters of the statue quietly held Confederate flags.

Crews reportedly worked about three hours to remove the bronze statue of a soldier in downtown Pittsboro, located just outside Raleigh and Chapel Hill, that has drawn controversy along with others like it throughout the south.

The statue and pedestal will be “transported to a safe location where they will be preserved and stored until such time as the Winnie Davis Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) finds a more appropriate location to place them,” according to a statement from Chatham County officials.

County officials were given the OK to remove the statue, which was situated at the courthouse square and stood since 1907, last week by a Superior Court judge who didn’t see “irreparable” harm in doing so.

The move is seen as a victory for groups like the West Chatham Branch of the NAACP and Chatham for All, which have pushed for the monument to be taken down for several years.

The political squabble led to physical altercations between the statue’s supporters and detractors, with some arrests made in recent months as demonstrators gathered at the site to show their support or displeasure about the monument.

The quiet removal of the statue was quite different than the removal of a Silent Sam Confederate statue in 2018, when protesters at nearby UNC-Chapel Hill toppled the monument  themselves as the matter  wasn’t settled in court.

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