WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Two confederate monuments in downtown Wilmington were quietly removed Wednesday night.
The George Davis monument at Market and 3rd streets and the Confederate Memorial at 3rd and Dock streets have been removed. The bases to the monuments are still in place at this time.
A city official says this was done in order to protect the public safety and to preserve important historical artifacts. WWAY shot video of the scene earlier Thursday morning at about 2:45. When our crew arrived on scene, the monuments were already removed.
“While members of the community have expressed a desire to see these monuments moved for many years, recent protests and controversy over these monuments has grown to a point that the monuments, in their original locations, were a threat to public safety.”
A curfew on pedestrian activity in the vicinity of these two monuments has been in place since Saturday, June 20.
The monuments have been moved temporarily to an undisclosed location. NC Law requires state approval for any monument of remembrance to be permanently moved, but allows an exception for temporary removal in the interest of public safety.
We do not have an official time as to when the monuments were removed.
This is a developing story and we will bring you more information as it becomes available.