North Carolina city removes Confederate statue

North Carolina city removes Confederate statue

A North Carolina city removed a Confederate statue from the grounds of an old courthouse Tuesday, according to The Associated Press.

Construction crews in Winston-Salem reportedly removed the statue of the anonymous soldier to cheers from a small crowd.

Mayor Allen Joines said the statue will temporarily be put in storage before it is eventually moved to a historic Salem Cemetery, according to AP. 

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A 2015 North Carolina state law prohibits the removal of historic monuments from state property.

However, the city had more leeway since the old courthouse had passed to private ownership.

There are more than 90 Confederate monuments in public places other than cemeteries around the state, according to AP.

Tuesday's statue removal in Winston-Salem comes as part of a larger effort to remove monuments that memorialize the Confederacy across the country.

According to a report from Southern Poverty Law Center last year, more than 100 statues have been removed since 2015.