WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Could Confederate monuments be removed from Downtown Wilmington? Mayor Bill Saffo addressed the issue Tuesday night, as a curfew put in place to protect the monuments is set to expire Wednesday.
The curfew is in effect from 7:30 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. through Wednesday night unless it is extended by the city.
Mayor Saffo acknowledged both sides of the issue: those who want the statues to come down and those who want them preserved.
The mayor says state law prohibits the city from permanently removing the monuments, but he called on city manager Sterling Cheatham to find another solution.
“On a temporary basis I would ask that the manager formulate a plan as soon as possible to move those monuments,” Mayor Saffo said. “We do not want to see them destroyed, we do not want to see people arrested, we do not want to see people hurt, and it’s a public safety issue first and foremost.”
The mayor did not announce whether the curfew surrounding the monuments would be extended.