The Confederate Soldiers Monument was erected in 1924 in front of the Old Durham County Court House. Dedicated in May of 1924 it was believed to have been paid for with a percentage of local taxes that had been saved by the county, but it was actually paid for by the Daughters of the Confederacy.
The statue was illegally pulled down by protestors in 2017 as part of nationwide demonstrations that followed protests in Charlottesville, VA. The Durham County sheriff’s office arrested and charged Takiya Fatima Thompson, Emmanuel Strobino, Ngoc Loan Tran, and Peter Gull Gilbert, with two felonies — participation in a riot with property damage in excess of $1,500 and inciting others to riot — and two misdemeanors — disorderly conduct by injury to a statue and damage to property, on the same charges. Aaron Alexander Caldwell, Raul Mauro Arce Jimenez and Elena Everett — were arrested and charged with one felony — inciting a riot — and three misdemeanors — injury to personal property less than $200, injury to real property and defacing a public monument. While additional protests resulted, all charges were dropped on February 20, 2018.