These Are The Dozens Of Movements Underway To Remove Confederate Monuments
Above Photo: L to R: a Lexington, Kentucky, statue of John C. Breckinridge, the 14th vice president of the U.S. and a slave owner; a Charlottesville, Virginia, statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee; a New Orleans statue of Confederate president Jefferson Davis. Source: Getty Images/Mic
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Less than a week after the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, at least 13 Confederate monuments have been removed from public spaces across the country. From California to Ohio and Maryland to Florida, monuments that critics say celebrate slavery have been pulled down by protesters and quietly removed in the dark of night by local governments.
There are at least 700 Confederate symbols on public property in the U.S. Across the southern states, monuments to Confederate soldiers and generals hold prominent positions in town squares and outside county courthouses. On Aug. 12, one of them — a statue of Confederate leader Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia — became the site of a violent clash between white supremacists and anti-racist counterprotesters.
So far, Mic has identified 49 movements in 2017 that have successfully removed or are pushing to remove specific Confederate monuments. These include online petitions, in-person protests, moves by city officials and other efforts to remove memorials.
Dozens of these movements began in the last several days. At least 20 Confederate monuments have been removed from public land in 2017 alone (a 21st was relocated from public land in one Kentucky city to another).
The governors of Virginia, which has the most public Confederate monuments of any state, and North Carolina have called for the removal of all such monuments. A local government in Ohio removed a plaque memorializing Robert E. Lee. The mayor of San Diego removed a plaque commemorating Jefferson Davis, the only known Confederate memorial on public land in the state. And the state of Maryland removed the statue of a Confederate leader from its statehouse grounds early Friday morning.
Here are the movements to remove Confederate monuments nationwide:
Birmingham: The city covered up a Confederate monument as it debates whether to remove the memorial permanently.
Statewide: There have been calls to remove Confederate monuments from state property, but Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, has rejected those proposals.
Bentonville: An online petition is gathering signatures to push for the removal of a Confederate statue in the town square.
San Diego: A group started a petition to remove a plaque memorializing Jefferson Davis in Horton Park. The plaque was removed on Wednesday, Aug. 16 by the city of San Diego. The plaque was the only known Confederate monument on public property in California. That excludes streets and schools named after Confederate leaders.
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Washington: A statue of Albert Pike stands in Judiciary Square. It is the only outdoor statue of a Confederate officer in the nation’s capital.
Bradenton: A petition is calling for a Confederate statue to be replaced with a memorial to Snooty the Manatee, who recently passed away. The city moved to cover the monument on Saturday, Aug. 19.
Fort Myers: The local NAACP chapter is pushing to remove a portrait of Gen. Robert E. Lee in the city council chamber.
Gainesville: A Confederate statue known as “Old Joe” was removed by the city on Aug. 14.
Jacksonville: The city council president has called for the removal of Confederate monuments.
Tampa: The city commission voted to move a Confederate monument before the Charlottesville violence. As of Tuesday, the statue is still there.
St. Petersburg: The city removed a plaque commemorating a highway named for a Confederate general was removed on Wednesday, Aug. 15.
Covington: Some local leaders are open to the removal of a Confederate monument in a city park.
Decatur: A local petition is pushing for the removal of a Confederate monument.
Gainesville: Activists say they will rally to demand the removal of a Confederate statue in the town square.
Stone Mountain: Stacey Abrams, a Democratic candidate for Georgia governor, called for the removal of a carving of Confederate generals at a state-owned park. It requires an act of the legislature to remove the carving created in 1915 by leaders of the Ku Klux Klan.
Lexington: The mayor and local activists are pushing to remove two statues.
Louisville: A Confederate monument was relocated to Brandenburg, Kentucky, earlier this year.
New Orleans: Four monuments were removed and put in a warehouse in 2017 before the Charlottesville violence.
Shreveport: An online petition to remove the Confederate monument outside the Caddo County Courthouse has nearly 6,000 signatures.
Lafayette: Local residents are still pushing for the removal of the statue of a Confederate general. The parish council passed on moving the statue last year.
Annapolis: The Republican governor ordered the removal of the statue of a Confederate leader early in the morning on Friday, Aug. 18.
Baltimore: The city removed four Confederate monuments early in the morning on Wednesday, August 16.
Ellicott City: County leaders are discussing removing a Confederate monument.
Rockville: A Confederate monument was removed in late July.
Salisbury: An online petition and the city’s mayor are calling for the removal of a plaque commemorating the Confederacy.
Boston: A plaque that remembers Confederate prisoners of war in an island in Boston Harbor has been covered up by the state.
St. Louis: A Confederate monument in a city park was removed in 2017 before the Charlottesville violence.
Helena: A fountain honoring the Confederacy has drawn calls for removal.
Statewide: Gov. Roy Cooper (D-N.C.) called for the removal of all Confederate monuments on Tuesday, Aug. 15.
Asheville: Protesters called for the removal of a Confederate statue on Aug. 13.
Chapel Hill: The statue of a Confederate soldier on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has long faced calls for removal.
Durham: A Confederate monument in Durham, North Carolina, was torn down by demonstrators on Monday, Aug. 14.
Greenville: A public petition is calling for the removal of a Confederate monument outside the county courthouse.
Franklin: The city removed a plaque memorializing Robert E. Lee.
Chattanooga: The NAACP chapter asked for the removal of the statue of a Confederate general in July.
Knoxville: A Confederate monument in the Fort Sanders neighborhood has been defaced and a petition is calling on the mayor to remove the memorial.
Memphis: The city of Memphis is trying to convince a state agency to let it remove two Confederate statues on public land.
Nashville: Protesters demanded the removal of a bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest, the founder of the Ku Klux Klan, in the state Capitol.
Austin: A rally is planned for early September to support the preservation of a Confederate monument near the state capitol. A larger, counter-protest is also planned.
On Sunday night at the University of Texas at Austin, three statues of Confederate leaders were removed by the university.
Dallas: A day before the event in Charlottesville began, protesters in Dallas called for the removal of a Confederate monument.
Houston: Petitioners want a Spirit of the Confederacy monument removed from Sam Houston park.
San Antonio: A crowd called for the removal of a Confederate statue following the violence in Charlottesville.
Statewide: The state’s governor called for all Confederate statues to be removed on Wednesday, Aug. 16.
Charlottesville: The Robert E. Lee statue in Emancipation Park was the site of the “Unite the Right” rally that drew hundreds of far-right protesters demonstrating against the monument’s planned removal and resulted in the death of one counter-protester.
Portsmouth: An online petition has garnered more than 15,000 signatures to replace a Confederate statue with one honoring Missy Elliott.
Richmond: Protesters demanded the removal of several statues of Confederate leaders on Monday, Aug. 14. On Wednesday, Aug. 16, the mayor reversed an earlier stance and said Richmond will consider removing statues that are prominently displayed along the city’s Monument Avenue.
Charleston: Protesters called for the removal of a statue of Stonewall Jackson on the state Capitol grounds.
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Aug. 21, 2017, 11:34 a.m. This story has been updated.