A 75-foot-tall monument to fallen Confederate soldiers was removed from North Carolina’s State Capitol grounds in Raleigh on Sunday morning, June 21.
Governor Roy Cooper on Saturday said he had “ordered the Confederate monuments on the Capitol grounds be moved to protect public safety.” He said he was “concerned about the dangerous efforts to pull down and carry off large, heavy statues and the strong potential for violent clashes at the site.”
At the top of the monument, which had stood on the grounds since 1895, was a statue of a Confederate artillery soldier holding a gun, according to the University of North Carolina’s Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina project. Near the bottom of the column were two statues, one representing the Confederate infantry and the other a Confederate cavalryman.
This footage was shared by State Senator Jay Chaudhuri and shows the statue at the top of the monument being removed on Sunday morning. Credit: Jay Chaudhuri – NC Senate via Storyful