On June 10, a statue depicting former Confederate President Jefferson Davis was torn down. have called for the destruction of more historical monuments, called for Mount Rushmore to be destroyed. Upon examination, officers said they believe it was likely tied to a vehicle in an attempt to pull the statue over.”. Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh had Civil War monuments removed from the city in the cover of night, without any public hearings or any public discussion process. A plaque commemorating Jefferson Davis was also removed from a park this week. Columbus Day protests: Lincoln, Roosevelt statues torn down in Portland 13 Oct, 2020 06:16 AM 3 minutes to read Organisers dubbed the protest "Indigenous Peoples Day of Rage". This is just one step. United States In Richmond, Virginia, the statue of Christopher Columbus was toppled, lit on fire, and dumped in a nearby lake by... Also in Richmond, protesters pulled down a statue of slave owner Williams Carter Wickham. The statue, which has been spray-painted and beheaded before, will be fully taken down by city officials and placed into storage as its future is determined, Mayor Marty Walsh said. Statue was torn off pedestal and destroyed. a statement released Wednesday afternoon, Confederate section of Hollywood Forever Cemetery. A Chicago pastor has asked the mayor to remove the names of two former presidents — George Washington and Andrew Jackson — from city parks because both men owned slaves. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) have both … multiple statues have been torn down in Richmond. A statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee stands in the middle of a traffic circle on Monument Avenue in Richmond. On June 6, a statue of Confederate Gen. Williams Carter Wickham was toppled by protesters. “A white flag was hung on the gun of the statue and its head and feet were spray painted,” WECT reports. Vice News’s Wilbert L. Cooper called for Mount Rushmore to be destroyed because the U.S. presidents whose visages are carved into the mountainside are problematic by today’s standards. On Monday, protesters gathered in favor of removing a statue of Civil War officer John B. Castleman from Louisville, Kentucky. A statue of the abolitionist and writer Frederick Douglass, pictured here, was torn from its base in Rochester, N.Y., on the anniversary of … Organisers have said they were inspired by the 'direct action taken by Bristolians', referring to the tearing down of slave trader Edward Colston's statue on Sunday in … So far, Columbus statues have been either pulled down or vandalized in Miami, Richmond, St. Paul, and Boston. © 2021 USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, LLC. Public Symbols of the Confederacy, Charleston, South Carolina, church shooting, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) have both called for statues commemorating Confederates to be removed from the U.S. Capitol. In the US, a three-metre tall (10ft) bronze statue of the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus has been torn down, set alight and thrown into a lake in Saint Paul, Richmond, Minnesota. In Richmond, Virginia, for example, multiple monuments owned by the city were removed after a statue of Jefferson Davis was torn down by protesters. But it has stood since 1813 to mark his role in developing the West India Docks, so there’s time for a democratic process to go on. I will be introducing a bill to remove Confederate statues from the US Capitol building. Confederate monuments aren't the only symbols that have been removed in recent months. Like other symbols of the Confederacy, such memorials have been defended for generations as pieces of Southern heritage, or simply uncontroversial artifacts of history. proposed building a new museum to house it that would cost over 5 … In Nashville, Tennessee, protestors gathered to call for the removal of a monument depicting Nathan Bedford Forrest, a lieutenant in the Confederate army, from the state capitol on Monday. The U.S. Capitol is basically a confederate statue bazaar https://t.co/I32ctS62mA pic.twitter.com/FsNJKKxtpR, — HuffPost Politics (@HuffPostPol) August 17, 2017. In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, Virginia Gov. Others were torn down by protesters. But for many people, they are ever-present reminders of racial discrimination and violent oppression that has never gone away. The statue was located in a park where many other monuments have historically been vandalized. Pugh told The New York Times that she used her emergency powers as mayor to take down statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson from a public park — surprising even some members of the city council. In addition to increased efforts to remove Confederate symbols, protesters and activists have also targeted statues of other historical figures, particularly Christopher Columbus, as symbols of white supremacy. Here’s A List Of All The Monuments Liberals Want To Tear Down So Far. Even so, most Confederate monuments in public spaces remain, according to SPLC. In several cities across the country, statues of Confederate figures have been taken down. And then at U.N.C., when protesters in 2018 tore down the ‘Silent Sam’ Confederate statue, U.N.C. Four have been arrested in connection to this instance of vandalism. The updated "Whose Heritage? It’s the latest of at least five different statues that have been torn down in Portland so far this year. We don’t erase history by pulling statues down. The Confederate Soldiers Monument was torn down by protesters from its spot in front of the old Durham County Courthouse on Monday. The update counted eight schools that have been renamed, two roads that were renamed and one state flag that was changed. The death of George Floyd is leading to the removal -- by protesters in some cases and city leaders in others -- of contentious statues that have … "Our public entities should no longer play a role in distorting history by honoring a secessionist government that waged war against the United States to preserve white supremacy and the enslavement of millions of people," SPLC wrote in its 2019 update to the "Whose Heritage?" City removes downtown Denver statue after video shows another torn down overnight. In Richmond, Virginia, for example, multiple monuments owned by the city were removed after a statue of Jefferson Davis was torn down by protesters. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams called for a frieze depicting Confederate soldiers to be removed from Stone Mountain in Georgia. In a PBS interview, Al Sharpton called for the Jefferson Memorial in Washington DC to be abandoned because the third president of the United States and author of the Declaration of Independence was a slave owner. So far, five memorials have been pulled down by protesters in recent weeks, and those that haven’t been pulled down yet probably won’t stay up too much longer. By far the most popular target was Christopher Columbus, with 33 statues in total having been defaced and pulled down. This week, a Virginia city council voted to remove a monument which honors a Confederate infantry unit and has stood in the city for more than a century. Bust of Roger B. Taney: Washington, D.C. July 22: Voted by the House of Representatives Brooks called it a "reckoning" and said the swift removal of so many statues speaks to what is possible to accomplish in a short amount of time. In Washington DC, a group of protestors gathered on Sunday to call for the statue of Albert Pike, a Confederate general, to be torn down. So far, there have not been any arrests/citations related to either incident. People have also called for a memorial of Forrest, which sits on private property, to be hidden from view of the nearby highway. Confederate monuments are being removed at a rapidly increased pace since George Floyd's death, according to data from the Southern Poverty Law Center. The Colston statue, which was pushed into Bristol harbour after being hauled down from its plinth by demonstrators on Sunday, has long been contentious in … Only 27 percent of Americans think these statues should be removed for fear of offending some people. data from the Southern Poverty Law Center, Whose Heritage? Efforts to remove Confederate symbols are ongoing. Harvey Milk is a gay rights icon and one of the … It’s unclear why the statue was torn down and who did it. We have much work to do. Though by no means comprehensive, here’s a list of the monuments that are facing calls for removal or have already been torn down. In the wake of the violence that took place in Charlottesville over last weekend, numerous activists and politicians have called for the destruction of more historical monuments, although a significant majority of Americans (62 percent) think the monuments should stay put. At a demonstration in Richmond, Virginia, on Tuesday night, a 93-year-old statue of Christopher Columbus was brought down, set on fire, and thrown into a lake as bystanders chanted “Tear it down.” Terry McAuliffe is asking state legislators and city officials to tear down monuments throughout the Old Dominion.