WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Workers in North Carolina have removed a statue of a Confederate soldier by lifting it off its base with a crane.
Before the statue in Winston-Salem was hoisted away by crane Tuesday morning, workers placed metal rods at its base and a steel cage around it.
After the removal of the Confederate statue, the monument’s pedestal and base are expected to be taken away later in the day. Mayor Allen Joines says the monument will be taken to a temporary storage location before it’s placed in a cemetery.
The removal is rare in a state where such monuments are largely protected by law.
Winston-Salem argued it had more leeway than other North Carolina cities because the old courthouse property had passed into private hands. A 2015 law all but prohibits the permanent removal of Confederate statues from public land.