• 34°

“Fame” Confederate monument moved overnight

SALISBURY – The Confederate monument “Fame” at the intersection of West Innes and Church streets was moved Monday night and early Tuesday.

Roads surrounding the monument were closed around 9:30 p.m. with a heavy police presence at intersections surrounding “Fame.”

Greensboro crane and rigging company Guy M. Turner arrived with equipment shortly after streets were closed to begin work. Plans are to move the statue to a site in a historic cemetery on Lee Street that houses graves of Confederate soldiers. Until a base is ready, the statue will be moved to an undisclosed location for storage.

The United Daughters of the Confederacy, which owns the statue and received an easement to piece of property it sits on, agreed to a plan to move the statue. The city is paying for the move and the Historic Salisbury Foundation is overseeing privately raised funds for improvements to the cemetery.

The statue has been a political flashpoint for decades, but events during recent Black Lives Matter protests pushed City Council to declare the statue a public safety issue. In one instance, a Kernersville man fired shots into the air during a peaceful protest. In another, police used tear gas and riot gear to disperse protesters.

By 1 a.m. Tuesday, crews had removed all parts of the monument and had placed it on a flatbed trailer.

Comments

Ask Us

Ask Us: COVID-19 vaccination events have required adaptations, brought frustration

Local

38th Winter Flight Run moves to Mt. Ulla

Local

Cherry, Duren honored during all-virtual MLK celebration

Crime

Blotter: Rockwell man charged with statutory rape

Nation/World

Heavy fortified statehouses around the US see small protests

Local

Human Relations Council honors Martin Luther King Jr. with modified fair

Local

Local lawmakers talk priorities for 2020-21 legislative session

Business

From a home office to a global company, Integro Technologies celebrates 20th anniversary

Lifestyle

‘Quarantine Diaries’ — Jeanie Moore publishes book as ‘foundation of stories for my family’

Business

‘It pays for itself:’ Study shows economic impact of Mid-Carolina Regional Airport

News

Gov. Cooper sending another 100 National Guard members to Washington

Local

Rowan County set rainfall record in 2020

News

Former, current congressmen for Rowan County opposed second impeachment

Business

Biz Roundup: Chamber prepares for January Power in Partnership program

Education

Essie Mae holding COVID-19 testing Monday, recognizes honor Roll

Local

County will have hearing on new ordinance about feeding large animal carcasses to domestic animals

Business

Complaints to BBB up 36% in 2020

Nation/World

Some in GOP talk of chance for coming civil war

Nation/World

More National Guard troops pour into Washington

Kannapolis

Kannapolis native Corey Seager agrees to $13.75 million deal with Dodgers

Nation/World

NRA declares bankruptcy, plans to incorporate in Texas

Local

Pedestrian safety among concerns in latest public input for Downtown Main Street plan

Kannapolis

Kannapolis resident Dorothy Schmidt Cole was oldest Marine when she died at 107

Coronavirus

UPDATED: County reports 27 COVID-19 deaths this week