Here’s a look at some of the monuments that have been removed over the last few weeks.
He asked for the sake of public safety that the community allow the city to legally take down the remaining statues professionally.
“I will push for us to waste no time on this and to make it happen as soon as possible,” Stoney said in his tweet. “Richmond, we will finish the job of removing these antiquated symbols of racism and hate.”
The John Breckenridge Castleman monument, a statue of a Confederate soldier in the heart of downtown, was removed Monday, according to an online statement from Mayor Greg Fischer.
Fischer initially announced plans to remove the Castleman monument in August 2018. After a two-year effort to move the statue, a Jefferson County Circuit Court judge said Friday that the city was able to move the Castleman monument.
“We all agree with the report’s finding that our city must not maintain statues that serve as validating symbols for racist or bigoted ideology — that’s why we relocated the Confederate statue near the University of Louisville,” Fischer said in 2016.
In announcing his decision to move the Castleman statue and another Confederate soldier statue in 2018, Fischer rejected the idea that moving them was an effort to erase history. “Moving these statues,” he said, “allows us to examine our history in a new context that more accurately reflects the reality of the day, a time when the moral deprivation of slavery is clear.”
The statue will eventually make its way to Cave Hill Cemetery, where Castleman is buried, according to the online statement.
On Friday, the Jacksonville Jaguars marched from TIAA Bank Field to the sheriff’s office, where wide receiver Chris Conley made a seven minute speech in which he talked about the removal of the monument.
During a peaceful protest Tuesday on the steps of City Hall, Mayor Lenny Curry announced that all Confederate monuments citywide will be removed. This includes three monuments and eight historical markers, the mayor’s office told CNN in a statement.
“If our history prevents us from reaching the full potential of our future, then we need to take action,” Curry said. “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.”
Mayor Randall Woodfin arrived at the scene, telling the demonstrators he would “finish the job” for them.
The city’s mayor pleaded with demonstrators to disperse before police came to make arrests, adding that he understood their anger.
Woodfin did not specify when exactly the monument would come down.
“In order to prevent more civil unrest in our city, I think it is very imperative that we remove this statue that’s in Linn Park,” he said at a news conference June 1.
About 54 miles west at the University of Alabama, The Board of Trustees and the university’s president authorized the removal of three plaques on the campus that commemorate University of Alabama students who served in the Confederate army and members of the student cadet corps involved in defending the campus, according to an online statement.
The plaques were in front of Gorgas Library but were removed and “placed at a more appropriate historical setting on the recommendation of Dr. Bell,” a university spokesperson told CNN.
Additionally, a group of the university’s trustees are set to to review and study the names of buildings on all UA System campuses.
Montgomery police told WSFA that four people have been charged with first-degree criminal mischief, a felony.
It was taken off school property and hauled away to storage, according to WSFA.
The removal came after demonstrators tore the monument down on Sunday.
The memorial was erected in 1889 to honor Confederate soldiers from the Virginia city.
Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson tweeted photos of the statue’s removal. “Alexandria, like all great cities, is constantly changing and evolving,” he wrote.
A spokesperson for the city told CNN in a statement that the owner of the statue, United Daughters of the Confederacy, notified the city and said that they would remove the statue on June 2.
Virginia is home to more Confederate commemorations than any other state, according to its governor, Ralph Northam, and on Thursday he vowed to do something about that.
Northam said he’s directing that the statue of Robert E. Lee, which sits in the capital of Richmond, be taken down and moved into storage while a decision is made on its future.
Stimpson said the decision to remove that statue was not about Semmes or an attempt to rewrite history.
“It is about removing a potential distraction so we may focus clearly on the future of our city,” Stimpson wrote. “That conversation, and the mission to create one Mobile, continues today.”
Bristol, United Kingdom
Britain’s towns and cities are dotted with monuments to figures like Colston.
On Tuesday, the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced a commission to examine the future of landmarks around the capital, including murals, street art, street names and statues.
And while the fate of several controversial statues throughout the country have been determined, monuments in Indianapolis, Indiana; Rocky Mountain, North Carolina; and in Roanoke and Norfolk, both in Virginia, remain, but plans are in motion for their removal.
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