The crew used cranes early Wednesday to remove the monument – a bronze statue of a Confederate soldier on a marble base – from its location outside the courthouse of Chatham County, Pittsboro, about 56 km west of Raleigh.
] This triggered a legal challenge by the group that donated the statue in 1907, the Winnie Davis Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. A judge ruled this month that the group did not provide enough evidence to support the continued presence of the monument outside the courthouse, CNN subsidiary WTVD reported.
The statue and pedestal will be transported to a safe location where they will be kept and stored "until the Winnie Davis Chapter finds" a more suitable place to place them, "the county said
A few dozen people gathered to watch the move after the county announced it was relocating late Tuesday, CNN affiliates reported 1
9659006] "A statue never hurt a soul, right like a grave monument. Are they hurting anyone? "He said.
Anderson Ritter told WRAL that he supported the takedown.
" It represents things that should never have happened, and it reminds and makes them look good, "said Knight WRAL "I and other people disagree."
The debate over the future of the memorial triggered protests against and for its removal in recent weeks, according to WTVD, a struggle took place on Saturday between monumental demonstrators and anti-protesters, in which eleven people were arrested.