SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - The confederate memorial in Salisbury was vandalized overnight.
The memorial located in the median of W. Innes Street in downtown Salisbury appeared to have paint thrown on it.
"I regret that the Confederate statue was vandalized," said Salisbury Mayor Al Heggins. "Nothing should ever be vandalized. I am very saddened that someone has taken their time to try and instigate issues throughout our community."
Police say they are investigating the incident.
By mid-morning about a dozen volunteers had shown up to start removing the paint from the statue. The owner of Prestige Pressure Washing also came to the site and used his equipment to clean the monument.
By early afternoon the paint was gone.
In 2017, 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.
In September 2017 an organization, Salisbury Indivisible, sent city officials a letter requesting to have the Fame confederate memorial taken down.
"Taking action to relocate "Fame" will demonstrate that Salisbury is a forward-looking city invested in diversity and respecting the sensibilities of all its residents" the group said in a email to city officials.
The group asked the city council to relocate the monument to a "museum or a cemetery, where all artifacts of the confederacy belong."