A controversial Confederate statue with its back to the north was removed in historic Old Town Alexandria

(CNN)Crews in historic Old Town Alexandria quickly removed a bronze statue of a Confederate soldier named "Appomattox" on Tuesday morning.

The memorial was erected in 1889 to honor Confederate soldiers from the Virginia city and stands with its arms crossed and back to the north. It is one of many controversial Confederate monuments nationwide that have faced repeated demands for removal.
Crews in historic Old Town Alexandria are seen removing a bronze statue of a Confederate soldier.
Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson, tweeted photos of the statue's removal, saying, "Alexandria, like all great cities, is constantly changing and evolving."
    A spokesperson for the city told CNN in a statement that "the owner of the statue (United Daughters of the Confederacy) notified the City yesterday that they would remove the statue this morning."
    The United Daughters of the Confederacy could not be immediately reached for comment.
    The symbolic removal comes after the seventh straight night of peaceful and violent protests in cities across the country over the death of George Floyd and police brutality.