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Mayor: No decision on Confederate statue from owners

January 23, 2019

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — With slightly over a week until the deadline, a North Carolina mayor says he hasn’t heard from the owners of the Confederate monument city officials want gone.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines said Tuesday the United Daughters of the Confederacy haven’t indicated how they intend to respond to the city’s demand.

Winston-Salem told the UDC to remove the monument by Jan. 31 or face a possible lawsuit. After two vandalism incidents in less than 1 ½ years and confrontations over Confederate monuments elsewhere, the city attorney believes it creates a public nuisance. The owners of the land where the monument sits have sided with the city.

The city has offered to pay for the statue’s relocation to a cemetery.

The UDC previously said they would fight relocation.

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Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com

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