CONYERS, Ga (AP) — Another Confederate monument has been taken down from outside a Georgia county courthouse.

Rockdale County Commission chairman Oz Nesbitt announced Tuesday that the county would remove the statue of a Confederate soldier from outside the courthouse building in Conyers, and it was taken down by midnight.

Nesbitt invited the community to see the removal at 10 p.m., news outlets reported. Groups for and against the monument gathered while Conyers police watched.

The monument commemorating the Confederate States of America was erected by the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1913, a time when white leaders across the South sought to glorify the ‘lost cause’ of the Civil War and suppress attempts by Black people to assert their equality through the legal system.

A law passed by Gov. Brian Kemp last year protects Confederate symbols, stopping them from being altered or discarded, but local leaders are increasingly taking action anyway after national protests over the death of George Floyd and other Black victims.

Athens leaders voted last week to relocate a monument from its downtown area. A monument outside DeKalb County's historic courthouse in Decatur Square was removed after local leaders called it a “public safety hazard.”