The monument was erected in 2014 by the Durham camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
A watch commander with the Durham Police Department said the department hadn’t been notified of the destruction as of Sunday around 4:50 p.m., and she planned to send an officer to check it out.
It is at least the second time the monument has been vandalized. In July 2015, cemetery workers found “Black Lives Matter” and “Tear It Down,” painted in black on the memorial, The News & Observer reported.
“It is just aggravating,” said William G. O’Quinn, a member of the N.C. Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Durham camp of the organization.
The memorial was put up to honor people “that did what they thought what was right,” he said.
In August 2017, protesters pulled down a Confederate statue in front of the old Durham County courthouse, which is now an administrative building.
A dozen people were initially charged, but the charges were all eventually dismissed.
One man is dead and another in the hospital after Durham police responded to a report of a gunshot wound Sunday night on South Hoover Road, according to a news release. A homicide investigation is underway.