BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Employees in Alabama’s largest metropolis started eradicating a Accomplice monument Monday night time after demonstrators didn’t knock down the obelisk the night time earlier than.
Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin despatched staff with heavy tools to take down the greater than 50-foot-tall Accomplice monument manufactured from stone. Late on Monday, after a 7 p.m. curfew took impact and streets have been principally clear, crews started their work.
Dwell video confirmed staff attaching straps to the height of the obelisk so it might be lifted away with a crane. Inside a number of hours that they had eliminated the highest of the monument.
Woodfin stated town would see if the memorial might be given to a museum or one other group.
Woodfin stated the fantastic town might face for violating a state legislation banning the elimination of Accomplice and different long-standing monuments is extra inexpensive than the price of continued unrest within the metropolis.
Lawyer Normal Steve Marshall, in an announcement, stated town would face an evaluation of $25,000 if it eliminated the monument, which has been the topic of a court docket struggle between the principally black metropolis and Republican-controlled state.