The Latest on the removal of a Confederate statue in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (all times local):

11:25 a.m.

Workers in North Carolina have removed a statue of a Confederate soldier by lifting it off its base with a crane.

Before the statue in Winston-Salem was hoisted away by crane Tuesday morning, workers placed metal rods at its base and a steel cage around it.

After the removal of the Confederate statue, the monument’s pedestal and base are expected to be taken away later in the day. Mayor Allen Joines says the monument will be taken to a temporary storage location before it’s placed in a cemetery.

The removal is rare in a state where such monuments are largely protected by law.

Winston-Salem argued it had more leeway than other North Carolina cities because the old courthouse property had passed into private hands. A 2015 law all but prohibits the permanent removal of Confederate statues from public land.

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9 a.m.

A construction crew is preparing to take down a Confederate statue in a North Carolina city, a rare move in a state where such monuments are largely protected by law.

Two cranes were set up on either side of the statue in Winston-Salem and traffic is blocked on a main downtown thoroughfare Tuesday morning.

At one point, a worker on a cherry picker was raised up to the top of the statue and appeared to be looking at how to attach a chain or harness.

Winston-Salem argued it had more leeway than other North Carolina cities because the old courthouse property had passed into private hands. A 2015 North Carolina law all but prohibits the permanent removal of Confederate statues from public land.

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