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Statue of Confederate soldier removed from downtown Norfolk

Updated: Jun. 12, 2020 at 6:29 PM EDT
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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Crews have removed a 113-year-old statue of a Confederate soldier that stood atop an 80-foot-tall Confederate monument in downtown Norfolk, Virginia.

The city said in a statement Friday that the statue, nicknamed Johnny Reb, came down in less than two hours.

The 15-foot-figure was removed out of concern for public safety.

A protester had suffered life-threatening injuries in the neighboring city of Portsmouth after demonstrators pulled down a confederate statue in that city on Wednesday.

A new state law that allows cities to remove such monuments doesn’t take effect until July. But Norfolk’s mayor said public safety trumped waiting.

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