Durham’s Confederate Statue Comes Down
DURHAM, NC – It could be argued that the civil war effectively ended in the city of North Carolina. Although Robert E.
The most famous Lee appointment took place at Appomattox Court in Virginia, the sale of General Joseph Johnston Confederal to William T. Sherman in two weeks instead of Bennett, a farm on the outskirts of town, was larger and put End the war in the east.
It could also be said that, as in the May places to the south, the war was never completely finished here. Durham has been the scene of major battles over segregation and the leaders of the Klan House, and a commemorative statue of “boys who have the GRAY” remained outside the former county courthouse on Main Street.
Until Monday night.
At around 7 pm Monday, a group of demonstrators, inspired by violent riots in the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia, decided that if Durham County was not in a hurry to pick up the rebel soldier, They would do it themselves.
As Durham County commissioners gathered inside the building, which now houses the county offices, a group of protesters tied a yellow rope around the statue and fired.
In what may seem a resounding metaphor for the fate of Confederate symbols in progressive South cities like Durham, the statue broke with little effort, mocking the feet of the imposing granite pedestal. (Although the icon has been made in bronze, it is doubtful.)
The statue stood on the well-kept court lawn since 1924, when States Daughters of the Confederacy have erected. At that time, there were 59 years of civil war was over.
The smell of tobacco stores and factories overflowing, and throughout the city of Durham, and a mile and a half off the main street, little Trinity College had not yet changed its name to Duke University.
For 83 years, the Confederate picket monitors everyone who entered the building. Then, in a matter of seconds, she was gone, irrevocably destroyed by her fall: her carabiner eaten, her legs bent forward and a great anguish in her head against a group of zealous demonstrators.
By the time I arrived less than an hour after the fall of the statue, the street was blocked by the sheriffs’ cars. Demonstrators marched just a few blocks off Main Street, where the Durham Police Department built a controversial new headquarters.
A mixture of young and old, black and white, gray-haired hippies and black-clad anarchists, shouted “Fuck Trump” and held signs saying “black lives matter” and “The whole damn system is guilty as Hell.” “Street doctors” standing to the list, if someone was injured. One man made a guitar, apparently as one instrument per instrument.