Removal of Asheville Confederate monument set to commence

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Vance Monument in Nov. 2020. (Photo: WLOS)

ASHEVILLE, NC (AP) — Work to demolish and remove a 75-foot-tall stone obelisk built to honor a Confederate leader will begin soon in Asheville.

TV station WLOS reports barricades have been placed around the Vance Monument ahead of work that will begin this week.

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Asheville City Council members voted 6-1 in March to remove the monument, the culmination of a decision-making process that began after the police killing of George Floyd.

Built in 1897, the obelisk honors Zebulon Vance, a former North Carolina governor, U.S. senator and Confederate military officer.

The removal and restoration process will take weeks.