The Confederate monument in downtown Winston-Salem was removed today after decades of controversy, years of negotiation and months of legal maneuvering.
As Policy Watch reported earlier this year, the statue stood on private property – an apartment building that was once the county courthouse. Since it wasn’t on city or state owned land, it wasn’t covered by a 2015 state law that’s prevented the removal of such monuments in downtown Raleigh and at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Mayor Allen Joines proposed moving the statue to nearby Salem Cemetery, which is home to 36 Confederate graves. That’s where it will go after a few months in storage, during which the site will be prepared.
For more on the statue’s removal, read this story from the News & Record in Greensboro and watch video of its removal from its sister paper, the Winston-Salem Journal.