WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A judge has turned down an emergency plea to halt the removal of the Confederate monument in downtown Winston-Salem, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

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The Journal reports, the move was made by the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC).

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The deadline was for Thursday for the UDC to have the monument removed. The City of Winston-Salem ordered it to be taken down and moved to Salem Cemetery, citing public safety concerns.

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In a letter, the lawyer who represents, the UDC asked the Winston-Salem City Attorney for a 60-day extension but it was denied.

The City wants to move the monument to Salem Cemetery where 36 Confederate veterans are laid to rest. The City will even pay for the relocation.

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