WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – Crews started the removal process for two pedestals of Confederate statues on Market Street around 5:00 Sunday morning.
Cpl. Crystal Williamson says the Wilmington Police Department blocked off the area to keep the public away from crews working. Williamson says they started early to avoid Sunday traffic and expect to wrap up before 11 a.m.
The statues, which were located at Third Street and Market Street, were put into storage in June 2020 in accordance with state law citing public safety concerns. An update from the city of Wilmington says the pedestals have been moved the same storage facility. The statues and pedestals will stay in storage until Cape Fear 3, a local United Daughters of the Confederacy chapter, initiates the transfer of possession.
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