According to Durham's local news reporter Derrick Q. Lewis, the statue has been outside the old Durham County Courthouse since 1924. Engraved on the statue are the words “The Confederate States of America,” according to local CBS affiliate WNCN. Above the words "is a statue representing a soldier who fought in the civil war." Here are before and after pics of it:
Another angle shows how they did it:
Statue teardowns could have a chilling effect on sculptors working on "this man was a hero for killing to keep some folks subhuman" statues.
— drop the big lund (@Mobute) August 14, 2017
The Confederate statue in Durham will be melted down and made into a receptacle for the diapers filled over it being pulled down
— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) August 14, 2017