Monument Removal Master List

Andrew Anglin

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Let's try to keep track of all of the monuments coming down.

If anyone wants to contribute, pull together all the articles about previous monuments. Then we'll add new ones here. Try to minimize crosstalk.

I would like to start posting lists on DS.

Basically, it looks like every statue that is not MLK or a Jew is coming down.
 

Jjames

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Confederate monumental obelisk, "The Lost Cause" erected in 1908, removed from Decatur Square in Decatur, Georgia 6/18/2020. Decatur Square Monument Removed

Confederate monument removed from Georgia square
By Marina Pitofsky - 06/19/20 07:53 AM EDT






Confederate monument removed from Georgia square

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A crowd gathered and chanted “Take it down!" late Thursday night as a Confederate monument was removed in Decatur, Ga., according to multiple reports.
A judge in DeKalb County ordered last week that a 30-foot obelisk in Decatur Square should be removed by Friday. The city deemed the monument a threat to public safety amid ongoing protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, CNN reported.
"The Confederate obelisk has become an increasingly frequent target of graffiti and vandalism, a figurative lightning rod for friction among citizens, and a potential catastrophe that could happen at any time if individuals attempt to forcibly remove or destroy it," Judge Clarence Seeliger said.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Amanda Coyne shared video of the removal Thursday.


Georgia state law states that “No publicly owned monument honoring Confederate soldiers shall be relocated, removed or altered in any fashion,” according to Fox 5 Atlanta. However, the judge called the removal “an appropriate measure to abate a public nuisance and protect the obelisk.”
Crews with cranes lowered the monument over the course of an hour Thursday night, the outlet reported. The monument was called “The Lost Cause.” It was created in 1908, the same year that Georgia officials ratified legislation blocking black Americans from voting.
The removal of the Confederate monument comes as protests have erupted across the country over Floyd’s death. Floyd died last month after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck during an arrest.
Demonstrations have called for the removal of Confederate monuments in the U.S., in addition to memorials to explorer Christopher Columbus and others.
 
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Jjames

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Confederate monument erected in 1898 in Hemming Park Jacksonville, FL to honor Confederate war dead, removed June 8-9 2020 Jacksonville monument removed

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Confederate Monument Removed From Jacksonville Park After Being Condemned by Jaguars' Chris Conley
By Dan Cancian On 6/9/20 at 7:59 AM EDT



Sports NFL Jacksonville Jaguars Protests Racism
A statue honoring fallen Confederate soldiers in Jacksonville, Florida, has been removed just days after Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Chris Conley called for it to be removed.
On Friday morning, Jaguars players and coaches joined a peaceful march as part of the Black Lives Matter protests.
When the march reached Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Conley spoke passionately about the need for justice and social reforms, before warning reminders of an era of racial divide remained prominent around the city.

"A confederate monument sits a couple of blocks from here, praising the south's dark past," he said, singling out a monument to confederate soldiers in Hemming Park in downtown Jacksonville.
"Our revisionist history would tell us that it's there to honor men fighting for states' rights.
"But true history would tell us that, in the Cornerstone Address, Alexander Stevens said that our states are built on the fact that the negro is inferior, and slavery and subordination is its normal and natural state. That's true history."
Conley added the fact the monument still stood was particularly egregious given its location.


"This monument sits a block from where the Ax Handle Saturday happened in Jacksonville," he said referring to the day when a large group of white men attacked civil rights demonstrators in August 1960.
"A block from it, reminding people in this city of what's happened to them. True history would remind people that not only Confederate sympathizers butchered black people in the streets, but police joined them too."
Following the demonstration, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry vowed to implement "policy initiatives and actions I will take to bring our city together and address racial inequality."
On Tuesday, Curry announced that all confederate monuments on city property and in city parks will be removed.
"If our history prevents us from reaching the full potential of our future, then we need to take action," he said in a press conference.
Last night, I ordered the confederate statue in Hemming Park to be taken down as the start of a commitment to everyone in our City that we will find a way to respect each other and thrive.
"My staff will work with the Jacksonville Cultural Council to convene experts in history and art to ensure we acknowledge our past in a full and complete way; a way forward that leaves no person's heritage or experience behind."
In a statement emailed to Newsweek, Brian Hughes, the city's chief administrative officer, explained Curry had decided to remove the statue in Hemming Park to "begin a process of balancing how we consider our past", while working together to build a future for everyone in Jacksonville.
"This statue and other Confederate markers will be safely taken down and preserved as artifacts until a collaborative process reaches consensus for their future," he added.
"The Administration and the Jacksonville Cultural Council will convene experts of local history and public art to build that community consensus."

Donated to Jacksonville in 1898 by Charles Hemming—whom the park took its name from a year later—the monument was constructed as a memorial to Florida soldiers and sailors who served during Civil War.
The monument to the Women of the Confederacy in Confederate Park, however, remains standing.
As of Tuesday morning, a petition on Change.org calling for the "Permanent and immediate removal of confederate monuments in Jacksonville" had reached over 2,000 signatures.
"Jacksonville is littered with statues and monuments that celebrate people who betrayed the United States, resented their citizenship, and waged a war against the Union in the name of preserving slavery and a white supremacist power structure," the petition reads.
"The fact that these monuments were erected during the Jim Crow days further preserves a dark history of racism in Jacksonville and the south in general and should be removed from the public immediately."
Conley wasn't the only NFL player to demand a clear break with the past. On Monday, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson called for Clemson to remove John C. Calhoun's name from the school's honors college.
Calhoun was a vocal advocate of slavery, famously describing it as a "positive good" rather than a necessary evil. Clemson's campus, where Watson and Hopkins spent their collegiate careers, sits on the site of Calhoun's Fort Hill Plantation in South Carolina.
Chris Conley, Jacksonville Jaguars
Chris Conley #18 of the Jacksonville Jaguars looks on prior to a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 22, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. Carmen Mandato/Getty
 
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The demonstrations started in the early afternoon and intensified well into the night as protesters smashed windows of public buildings near the State Capitol. They also pulled down two statues that stood outside the statehouse, including one of Col. Hans Christian Heg, a Norwegian immigrant and abolitionist who died fighting for the Union during the Civil War. Heg’s likeness was beheaded and thrown into a nearby lake, WKOW reported. The other statue torn from its base was a replica of Madison’s famed “Forward” statue, intended by its creator to be an “allegory of devotion and progress,” according to the Wisconsin Historical Society.
 

cledun

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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan signed an executive order Thursday afternoon, directing the removal of the statue honoring Maj. Gen. Philip Schuyler – reportedly the largest owner of enslaved people in Albany during his time – from in front of Albany City Hall.
 

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Juan de Oñate

For 20 years, a statue of Juan de Oñate has stood on the corner of Mountain and 19th Street, right in front of the Albuquerque Museum. “It’s placed in such a prominent, like right on the corner, and it’s elevated on a berm,” said Ollin Trujillo a long time Old Town resident.
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The vandals spray-painted Oñate’s feet, face, and chest red, and left a message on the sidewalk in front of the statue. “It said ‘racist murderer’,” described Trujillo.


The somewhat controversial statue "The Equestrian" that adorns the entry to the El Paso International Airport has been vandalized with spray paint.

The discovery was made a day after dueling city protests took place with both pro-police and anti-police factions.

The phrase "Your god is not my god," was graffitied in Spanish along with other phrases and obscenities.

The statue is of Don Juan de Onate depicted as a Spanish conquistador.
 

Jjames

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Confederate monument in Raleigh NC erected in 1895 to honor Confederate dead, pulled down by mob and demolition finished by the state 6/20/2020.

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Raleigh Monument Removed

Confederate monument remnants removed at N Carolina Capitol






RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Crews in North Carolina removed the largest remnants of a 75-foot-tall (23-meter-tall) Confederate monument that sat near the grounds of the state Capitol for 125 years.
The statue of a Confederate soldier and plinth sit on a flatbed truck at the Old Capitol in Raleigh, N.C., on Sunday, June 21, 2020. After protesters pulled down two smaller statues on the same monument Friday, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper ordered the removal of several other monuments to the Confederacy, citing public safety concerns. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)
© Provided by Associated Press The statue of a Confederate soldier and plinth sit on a flatbed truck at the Old Capitol in Raleigh, N.C., on Sunday, June 21, 2020. After protesters pulled down two smaller statues on the same monument Friday, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper ordered the removal of several other monuments to the Confederacy, citing public safety concerns. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)
The granite pillar that had supported a statue of a Confederate soldier was pulled from its base in Raleigh to cheers from a crowd of onlookers late Tuesday night, news outlets reported.
By about 7 a.m. Wednesday, after the pedestal was also removed, all that remained was a low-lying part of the monument's base covered in a tarp, according to WNCN-TV.
On Friday, protesters pulled down the statues of two Confederate soldiers that were secured on a lower part of the obelisk, before dragging the figures down the street and stringing one up by its neck from a light post. One day later, Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper ordered the rest of the monument to be removed, along with two other nearby Confederate memorials, citing public safety.
A man raises his fist in the Black Power salute as workers behind him disassemble the remains of a large Confederate memorial on the grounds of the Old Capitol in Raleigh, N.C., on Sunday, June 21, 2020. After protesters pulled down two smaller statues on the same monument Friday, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper ordered the removal of several other monuments to the Confederacy, citing public safety concerns. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)
© Provided by Associated Press A man raises his fist in the Black Power salute as workers behind him disassemble the remains of a large Confederate memorial on the grounds of the Old Capitol in Raleigh, N.C., on Sunday, June 21, 2020. After protesters pulled down two smaller statues on the same monument Friday, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper ordered the removal of several other monuments to the Confederacy, citing public safety concerns. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)
Crews worked for three days to disassemble the structure that supported the statues, bringing in cranes, towing straps and metal rods to dismantle it piece by piece.
Photos showed the stone pedestal displaying the dedication “To Our Confederate Dead” being hoisted into the air, with the initials “BLM,” for Black Lives Matter, and the words “No Justice” scrawled across it. Just the stone steps were left late Tuesday.
Kenny Lee, a Black man who grew up in North Carolina, was quoted by The News & Observer as saying that watching the monument come down was like "witnessing a new history.”
“Some would say that you’re erasing history and getting rid of history and so forth,” he said. “But we’re just creating a new future."
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This story has been edited to clarify that all that remained of the monument Wednesday morning was a low-lying part of its base.
 

cledun

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A cleaning crew has removed the spray paint from the statues of Christopher Columbus and Ponce De León at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami.

Last week, the Miami Police Department arrested a group of protesters seen on camera vandalizing the statues.

The hands and face of Columbus were spray painted red.

On the plaque in red paint, a hammer and sickle, black power fists, “BLM,” for Black Lives Matter, and “George Floyd.”


 

cledun

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A 131-year-old Confederate statue in Alexandria, Virginia was removed Tuesday, a month earlier than scheduled, amid countrywide protests following the death of George Floyd.

The statue, known as Appomattox, depicts a southern-facing Civil War soldier and has been in an intersection in the Northern Virginia city for more than a century. Alexandria Mayor Justin WIlson shared photos of the statue's removal on Twitter, stating that "Alexandria, like all great cities, is constantly changing and evolving."

 

cledun

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Piece by piece, authorities overnight began pulling down a five-story-tall monument to Confederate troops that has stood for more than a century in Birmingham, Ala.

By the time the workers paused Tuesday morning, little was left of a spire that had become a lightning rod for controversy in recent years and a focal point for local protesters outraged by George Floyd's death last week in Minneapolis.

On Sunday, the obelisk — known formally as the Confederate Sailors and Soldiers Monument — was the site of a speech from Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin, who pleaded with the crowd.



 

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The city of Boston removed the damaged statue of Christopher Columbus from a North End park Thursday morning, a day after it was beheaded by vandals.

A team of workers came to Christopher Columbus Park on Atlantic Avenue just after sunrise to take the statue off it’s base and put it into storage.

The head of the statue was knocked off early Wednesday morning. Now, as police look for who did it, local indigenous groups are calling on the mayor to remove the statue for good.


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A statue of a Texas Ranger inside Dallas Love Field airport was removed Thursday due to an excerpt from an upcoming book, officials said.

Officials said the “One Riot, One Ranger” statue, which was donated to the city in 1963, is a depiction of a Texas Ranger who will be mentioned in a forthcoming book.

A new book on the Rangers, “Cult of Glory,” offered chilling details about dark chapters of the Rangers’ history. The book by former Pulitzer Prize finalist Doug J. Swanson, a longtime reporter for The Dallas Morning News who is now on the University of Pittsburgh faculty, says the statue depicts Capt. Jay Banks. The captain was in charge of a Ranger contingent dispatched in 1957 by then-Gov. Allan Shivers to keep black students from enrolling in Mansfield’s high school High School and a Texarkana community college despite court rulings that should have prevented Shivers from doing so.


 

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Fredericksburg removed its controversial slave auction block early Friday morning to minimize pedestrian and vehicular conflicts later in the day.

Stabilizing straps, weights, and mechanical equipment were used to lift the freed stone onto a custom-designed pallet intended to support the approximately 800-pound artifact. Dovetail Cultural Resource Group, a Spotsylvania County cultural resources management firm, provided oversight of the removal operation.

“The auction block had become a focus of local protesters over the past week, serving as a way stop along procession routes on multiple days of demonstrations. ‘Move the block!’ became a chant of those protesting the death of George Floyd in Minnesota. The block was spray-painted with graffiti twice over the course of the days of protest,” according to a city news release.

 

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Indianapolis is removing a grave monument memorializing Confederate prisoners of war. On Monday morning, a construction crew began work to dismantle the monument.

Amid protests last week, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said it was time for the monument to be removed.

“Our streets are filled with voices of anger and anguish, testament to centuries of racism directed at Black Americans,” he said in a statement last week. “We must name these instances of discrimination and never forget our past – but we should not honor them. Whatever original purpose this grave marker might once have had, for far too long it has served as nothing more than a painful reminder of our state’s horrific embrace of the Ku Klux Klan a century ago."

 

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Work crews in Hemming Park in downtown Jacksonville removed a statue and plaque honoring fallen Confederate soldiers early Tuesday morning. It has stood at the park since 1898, according to the Florida Archaeology Network.

RELATED | Jacksonville mayor: All confederate monuments citywide will be removed

The monument was donated to the state of Florida by Charles C. and Lucy Key Hemming. Standing at 62 feet, the Confederate statue was one of the few landmarks of Jacksonville that survived the 1901 fire.

 

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Full resolution approved this morning by Madison County Commission concerning removal of Confederate statue outside courthouse.

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The cases against three men and one woman who were charged in connection to the toppling of a Gen. Robert E. Lee statue outside of a high school of the same name, have been dropped.

District Judge Pamela Higgins signed an order to drop the first-degree criminal mischief cases against all four Thursday, after the District Attorney's office filed motions asking to do so claiming there were legal errors in the documents. The charges, however, could be refiled later.


 

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Protesters in Tennessee’s capital set fires inside and outside a courthouse Saturday night and toppled a statue of a former state lawmaker and newspaper publisher who espoused racist views.

Nashville Mayor John Cooper declared a state of civil emergency after protesters set a fire inside Metro Courthouse. The flames were quickly put out.

Demonstrators also made their way down Broadway Street, famed for its plentiful honky tonks, as well as the historic Ryman Auditorium — known as the mother church of country music. A few small fires were lit near the the national historic landmark, which was built as a tabernacle in 1892 and restored in 1994, but those were quickly extinguished by firefighters.

Thousands had rallied near the state Capitol starting in the afternoon to protest police brutality and racism. The demonstration turned violent after darkness fell, with protesters breaking windows in government buildings and causing other property damage.



 

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Philadelphia officials removed a statue honoring the late former Mayor Frank Rizzo overnight, a decision the city's current mayor said was meant to acknowledge Rizzo's mistreatment of African American and LGBT communities during his controversial tenure in office.

Rizzo, who served two terms as mayor in the 1970s after three years as the city's police commissioner, left a legacy of racism and homophobia in his wake. In recent days, the statue honoring him in front of city hall had become a target of those protesting police brutality after the murder of George Floyd, the Minneapolis man who was killed while in police custody earlier this month.

Mayor Jim Kenney (D) had promised to take down the statue over the course of the next few months. In a statement early Wednesday, Kenney said he had made a mistake, acknowledging the symbol the statue had become for black Philadelphians.



 

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Portsmouth, Virginia:

Portsmouth Mayor John Rowe says police didn’t step in to stop vandalism last night because “such action would have required force which have escalated the event and spread the vandalism to other blocks...our Police Department made the right choice.”
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