Work crews take measurements at Confederate monument in downtown Winston-Salem

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Crews spent more than an hour on the scene of the Confederate monument in downtown Winston-Salem on Sunday morning.

At least six workers were at the monument at the corner of Fourth and Liberty streets to take measurements, according to police.

The City of Winston-Salem ordered the removal and relocation of the statue weeks ago, but has not announced when it will be removed.

The monument, erected in 1905,  is owned by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, but the ground on which it stands is owned by Winston Courthouse, LLC, according to documents.

The statue was vandalized on Christmas Day with the words “cowards & traitors” written on it in what appeared to be permanent marker.

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