WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Confederate monument on the property of the old Forsyth County Courthouse in downtown Winston-Salem was removed Tuesday.
Mayor Allen Joines said the city will foot the bill for the statue’s removal and relocation to Salem Cemetery. He said he has not spoken to UDC members recently about the removal, but said this is the best compromise between the two parties.
City leaders said the monument is a safety hazard, and that it could lead to violence or more vandalism. They ruled the monument was a “public nuisance,” giving the city the authority to move it without filing a legal notice.
“We’d been working with the Daughters for over 16 months, basically, making the offer and laying out what we think is a very good solution to them and I think we continue to be concerned about the potential for violence that occurs there. The last act of vandalism which wrote on there, ‘Cowards and traitors’ was obviously done to perhaps incite one side or the other so we are just concerned that that might happen again and might really lead to violence so we feel like we should move forward as quickly as we can,” Joines said earlier this winter.
“I’m very pleased that both sides of this issue have remained calm and we’ve urged that, basically. We’ve reached a solution that recognized the strong feelings on both sides of the issue and we’ve arrived at a solution, in my opinion, that’s one that addresses those feelings in the best way possible,” Joines said.
Joines said he thinks the cemetery is the most appropriate place for the statue. (Read more)