A superior court judge granted a temporary restraining order last week that will ultimately delay the removal of a controversial Confederate monument in downtown Pittsboro.
Three members of the Winnie Davis Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy filed a motion for a restraining order on Oct. 23 and a notice of hearing on Oct. 25 alleging that they “have legitimate and cognizable interests in the monument, as well as the location where it is placed.”
The UDC gifted the statue to Chatham county in 1907, and it has stood directly in front of the Chatham County Courthouse steps since.
On Aug. 19, the Board of Chatham County Commissioners voted 4-1 to have the statue removed and relocated. Tension prompted by this decision has led to protests and counter-protests in Chatham County. On Oct. 26, two individuals were arrested when a physical altercation broke out during one of the protests.
Calvin James Megginson, 29, of Pittsboro, and Timothy James Osborn, 24, of Carrboro, were each arrested for inciting a riot and affray.