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Confederate statues vandalized in North Carolina on Fourth of July

ABC 11

Two Confederate statues in North Carolina were doused with paint in the early hours of the Fourth of July.

The Wilmington Police Department said in a Thursday statement that a woman was seen on surveillance video throwing orange paint on the downtown monuments around 3 a.m.

{mosads}One of the statues, put up in 1911, depicts George Davis, the Attorney General for the Confederacy, according to ABC 11.

The Gabriel James Boney statue is dedicated to Confederate soldiers.

The outlet noted that both statues were put up by the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) in 2017 called for all Confederate statues to be removed from public property following the Charlottesville, Va., white nationalist rally.

A 2015 state law bars the removal of the monuments without legislative approval, however, several Civil War-era monuments have been vandalized in the state since.

A monument honoring soldiers in a Durham, N.C. cemetery was covered with cement or another hard substance in April. 

Another was layered in white paint in Salisbury last August. 

Activists have been increasingly targeting Confederate monuments across the South.

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