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Legal battle over removed Confederate statue continues

FILE - In a Tuesday, March 12, 2019 file photo, workers take the final steps before removing a Confederate statue from its location in downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Although a Confederate monument no longer stands in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the legal war over its fate wages on. The Winston-Salem Journal reports several filings in the United Daughters of the Confederacy's lawsuit against the city concerned a range of issues, from the legality of removal to ownership. (AP Photo/Skip Foreman, File)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Although a Confederate monument no longer stands in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the legal war over its fate wages on.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports several filings last week in the United Daughters of the Confederacy’s lawsuit against the city concerned a range of issues, from the legality of removal to ownership.

Winston-Salem maintains the statue that stood on private property is owned by the UDC. The UDC itself initially claimed ownership, but later said it was owned by Forsyth County and thus protected under the state law governing publicly owned monuments.

One motion attempts to force Winston-Salem to re-erect the statue, arguing it didn’t pose a threat to public safety. Assistant City Manager Damon Dequenne filed an affidavit last week saying it was too easy to topple, thus risking injuries.

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

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