Raleigh, N.C. — The 75-foot-tall monument that served as a tribute to fallen Confederate soldiers was removed from State Capitol grounds by a crane Sunday morning.
Saturday, Governor Roy Cooper released a statement about confederate monuments after a night of protests over the statues that said they were a tribute to white supremacy that didn’t belong on state grounds.
“I have ordered the Confederate monuments on the Capitol grounds be moved to protect public safety. I am concerned about the dangerous efforts to pull down and carry off large, heavy statues and the strong potential for violent clashes at the site. If the legislature had repealed their 2015 law that puts up legal roadblocks to removal we could have avoided the dangerous incidents of last night,” he wrote.