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. The city and the owners of the property
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.