SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - As a response to a post on social media several people gathered in downtown Salisbury on Thursday night to see if the Confederate memorial statue would be removed. It wasn't, and city leaders said there are no ongoing discussions about removing it.
A statement from the city said officials believe a 2015 law passed by the N.C. General Assembly prevents the removal of such monuments without legislative approval. It said the city is consulting with the N.C. Department of Transportation about who owns the land beneath the monument, which is in the median of West Innes Street.
"As a reminder, any residents interested in gathering in support of the monument's removal or protection must receive a permit to assemble from the Salisbury Police Department at 130 E. Liberty St.," the statement said.