SALISBURY, N.C. — Crews removed the controversial Confederate monument "Fame" from downtown Salisbury Monday night following a unanimous vote from city council in June.
In a 5-0 vote after discussion on how the statue's current location is impacting the community, council members described the statue as a "flashpoint" that has gotten bigger than the debate about heritage versus hate.
Salisbury City Council also voted unanimously to allow the United Daughters of the Confederacy 10 days to enter an agreement with the City of Salisbury to pay for the relocation of the statue. The final decision on how the relocation costs will be covered has not yet been determined.
The Fame statue displays an angel holding a Confederate soldier and sits in a median off the intersection of West Innes Street and Church Street. It pays tribute to Confederate soldiers from Rowan County.