Protesters Pull Down Confederate Monument in NC

A group of protesters toppled a Confederate memorial in Durham, NC.

Durham, NC (WNCN via CBS) - A crowd of protesters gathered outside the old Durham County courthouse on Main Street Monday in opposition to a Confederate monument in front of the government building.

Around 7:10 p.m. a woman climbed the statue and attached a rope. The crowd pulled on it and the statue fell.

In 1924, the confederate statue was dedicated to Durham Engraved on the front of the monument is The Confederate States of America.

Above it, is a statue representing a soldier who fought in the civil war.

It needs to be removed, said Loan Tran, an organizer. These confederate statues in Durham, in North Carolina, all across the country. There are similar monuments in several cities around North Carolina.

Tran doesnt want to see it anymore. When I see a confederate statue in downtown Durham, or really anywhere, it fills me with a lot of rage and frustration, she said.

Organizers say tonights protest is a reaction to the events in Charlottesville this past weekend.

People can be mobilized and people are angry and when enough people are angry, we dont have to look to politicians to sit around in air conditions and do nothing when we can do things ourselves, said Takiyah Thompson, a protester.

The statue is on county property. This statue has been the center of controversy before after graffiti was spray painted on it a few years ago.

 

 

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