The United Daughters of the Confederacy overnight Monday removed Loudoun’s Confederate statue, also known as the “Silent Sentinel,” from the courthouse grounds in downtown Leesburg.
The Times-Mirror early Tuesday received images of the statue taken during its removal.
The UDC, which had until Sept. 7 to remove the statue, had not publicized when it planned to come collect the circa 1908 monument.
The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously earlier this summer to return the statue to the Loudoun Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC). The statue, which the board affirmed belonged to the UDC, sat at the corner of North King and East Market streets.
The action came as more counties and cities across the country are taking steps to remove the statues in the wake of nationwide protests for racial equity and reform. While some say the statues are honoring their heritage and ancestry, many others believe the statues stand for white supremacy and institutional racism.
The Virginia General Assembly voted earlier this year to give localities the ability to remove, relocate or contextualize the monuments in their communities. The law went into effect July 1.
Virginia is home to more than 200 public memorials to the Confederacy, according to state officials.