Protesters destroyed a Confederate Statue located at the Old Durham Courthouse in Durham, North Carolina
On Monday evening, a woman climbed the statue and tied a rope around the neck
Protesters on the ground then pulled the statue off of the granite base
The Confederate statue stood outside the courthouse since 1924
On Monday evening in Durham, North Carolina, protesters destroyed a Confederate statue that stood in front of the Old Durham Courthouse since 1924.
During the protest, a woman climbed up the statue and tied a rope around the neck of the statue at roughly 7:00 pm. The crowd below then pulled the rope and ripped the statue down causing irreparable damage.
The crowd of protesters chanted “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA!” according to CBS.
The monument, which depicted a soldier in uniform and armed, stood about 15 feet in height. The granite base bore the Confederate seal and read, “In memory of the boys that wore the gray.”
Durham County released the following statement about the destruction of the monument.
Our elected officials and senior staff understand the unrest in our nation and community, particularly following the senseless acts that took place in Charlottesville, VA. We share the sentiments of many communities around the nation that admonish hate and acts of violence as we believe civility is necessary in our every action and response. Governmental agencies dedicated to public safety will continue to work collectively to ensure Durham remains a community of excellence where all of our residents can live peacefully, grow and thrive.
The destruction of the Confederate Monument in Durham follows a rally that turned deadly over the weekend in Charlottesville over the weekend. White supremacists descended on the city to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E Lee.
During Saturday’s protest, James Alex Fields Jr rammed his car into a group of counter-protesters, which killed and one, and injured at least 19 others. Fields was arrested after the incident and charged with 2nd-degree-murder.