Published: Tuesday, August 15, 2017 @ 6:11 AM
DURHAM, N.C. — Violence that erupted over the weekend at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, added momentum to a wave of efforts across the South to remove or relocate Confederate monuments.
A crowd of more than 100 protesters in Durham, North Carolina, used a rope to topple a statue of a Confederate soldier Monday evening outside the courthouse. Seconds after the monument fell, protesters began kicking the crumpled bronze monument as dozens cheered and chanted.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, spoke out about the incident on Twitter.
"The racism and deadly violence in Charlottesville is unacceptable, but there is a better way to remove these monuments," he wrote.
– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.