Confederate statue removed from historic North Carolina courthouse

by John Wesley Reid · Nov 21st, 2019 12:02 pm

Last Updated Nov 21st, 2019 at 3:19 pm

A Confederate statue has been removed from a historic courthouse in Pittsboro, North Carolina. The statue has been outside of the Chatham county courthouse since 1907.

The removal happened overnight, months after a different Confederate statue was removed from property that had recently been privately purchased. It has become rare for North Carolina officials to remove statues after a 2015 law restricted the removal of public monuments.

County officials argued that because the statue was owned by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, it was considered private property.

Protesters have taken down two similar monuments over the past few years, including statues at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at a Durham courthouse.


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