Work began overnight in Denton's downtown square to dismantle and relocate the Confederate monument that has been a flashpoint of controversy over the years.
Denton County Judge Andy Eads announced earlier this month that the monument outside of the historic Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square would be moved. It was erected in 1918.
Pictures taken overnight by local photographer Sarah Leal showed crews using a crane to remove the statue that stood atop the base of the monument.
Photos: Denton Confederate Monument Relocation Begins
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Many Confederate symbols and monuments have been damaged or brought down by demonstrators and removed by local authorities since the death of George Floyd, an African-American man whose death has become a worldwide symbol in demonstrations calling for changes to police practices and an end to racial prejudice.