The morning after Raleigh protesters tore down two Confederate soldier statues, work crews discretely removed more monuments dedicated to Confederacy from Capitol grounds.

According to WRAL, crews arrived Saturday morning and unbolted the “Women of the Confederacy” monument from its stone base using a forklift before driving it away on the back of a flatbed truck. They then removed a monument in honor of Henry Lawson Wyatt. 

The night before, protesters and police engaged in standoff nearby at the 75-foot “For Our Confederate Dead” monument facing Hillsborough street. But as night fell, the cops retreated and allowed the protesters to topple two of the three soldiers on the monument. Protesters then dragged the downed metal soldiers through downtown, stringing one up on a street sign and leaving another laying outside the Wake County courthouse. 

Elsewhere, protesters toppled or burned statues in Washington D.C., San Fransico, and New York. 

The “Monument to North Carolina Women of the Confederacy,” was erected in 1914 during the height of Jim Crow. Last year, it was vandalized after a protester placed KKK hoods over the heads of the statue’s two figures.

Governor Roy Cooper ordered the removal of the monuments Saturday morning. 

The remaining soldier atop the 75-foot monument facing Hillsborough Street was still standing as of noon.

Check out our coverage from last night here and here. 

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