Durham removes heart placed atop Confederate monument

DURHAM, North Carolina (WTVD) -- More than a week after protesters toppled a Confederate statue outside the old courthouse in downtown Durham, a new addition was added to the monument overnight.

A heart, made of metal, was added between late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning to the pedestal that was for the now crumpled statue of a Confederate soldier holding a rifle.



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Later Thursday morning, officials took down the addition.

The statue on East Main Street went up nearly a century ago, dedicated "in memory of the boys who wore the gray."



No word on the mysterious artist or who placed the heart.

On Aug 14, as a crowd of protesters approached the monument, climbing it and attaching a yellow nylon rope around it. The protesters then pulled until the soldier came crashing to the ground.

Seconds after the monument fell, protesters began kicking the crumpled bronze statue.

A total of eight have been charged in connection with the incident. More arrests are expected.

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