Protester Pulled Down a Confederate Statue In Durham, North Carolina
According to USA Today, there are more than 700Confederate monuments in the United States.
As of tonight, there is one less.
At 7:00 pm eastern time on Monday evening, protesters threw a rope around a Confederate monument outside of a courthouse in Durham, North Carolina, and took it down. This comes after the weekend of violence that occurredin Charlottesville, Virginia.
Derrick Lewis, a CBS reporter based in North Carolina, caught the footage and uploaded it on social media. "No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA! can be heard as the statue went tumbling down.
Derrick Lewis (@DerrickQLewis) August 14, 2017
\u201cBefore and after pictures of the confederate monument outside the old Durham County courthouse.\u201d— Derrick Lewis (@Derrick Lewis) 1502755784
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has a website dedicated to southern history. They describe the statue which was dedicated May 10th, 1924 that sits in front of the courthouse as:
"An armed and uniformed soldier stands atop a granite tower adorned with the Confederate seal. On the base of the monument are four stone cannon balls and two lighted lamps. In total the monument stands approximately fifteen feet high."
North Carolina Governor Roy Coopersoon tweeted, implying that he wasn't pleased with how the statue was removed.
Meanwhile, the protesters who removed the statue seemed unbothered.