WINSTON-SALEM — Questions about the ownership of a Confederate monument that city officials in Winston-Salem want gone have arisen just days before the city-imposed deadline for removal. In a Jan. 25 letter, the United Daughters of the Confederacy’s North Carolina chapter asked Winston-Salem’s city attorney for a 60-day delay on filing legal action to force the removal. The city had issued a Jan. 31 deadline.
The UDC has previously claimed ownership of the statue, but recently unearthed news accounts have drawn questions over who owns the statue. The UDC wants a delay to resolve who actually owns the monument and whether the state’s monument protection law applies.