DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) - A metal heart appeared overnight on the remains of a toppled Confederate statue outside the old Durham County courthouse in downtown Durham.
It's not clear at this time who made the heart, who placed it there or what time it was installed.
CBS North Carolina has reached out to Durham officials to get more information on the heart.
A surveillance camera nearby is pointing directly at the statue.
The Confederate statue came down round 7:10 p.m. on Aug. 14 when a woman using a ladder climbed the statue of a Confederate soldier and attached a rope around the statue.
Moments later, the crowd pulled on the rope and the statue fell. One man quickly ran up and spat on the statue and several others began kicking it.
Durham police later said they monitored the protests to make sure they were "safe," but did not interfere with the statue toppling because it happened on county property.
Soon after the statue was brought down, the Durham County Sheriff's Office announced that they'd pursue charges against those who took part in the destruction of the statue.
Takiyah Thompson, 22, Dante Emmanuel Strobino, 35, Ngoc Loan Tran, 24, Peter Gilbert, 39, Raul Jimenez, 26, Aaron Caldwell, 24, and Elena Everett, 37, all of Durham, and Taylor Cook, 24, have all been arrested and charged in connection with the incident. All bonded out of jail almost immediately after they were arrested and processed.
On Tuesday, hundreds of protesters showed up on UNC-Chapel Hill's campus to protest the "Silent Sam" Confederate statue on campus. Protesters called for the statue to be taken down. Gov. Roy Cooper said that the university had permission to remove the statue, but the university said they don't have the ability to remove it.
UNC released the following statement about the removal of the monument: