city workers use plywood panels to cover the Confederate
Monument in Linn Park, in Birmingham, Ala., Tuesday
night, Aug. 15, 2017, on orders from Mayor William Bell.
Confederate monuments are being
removed around the country under pressure from those who say
they honor a regime that enslaved African-Americans. The pace
has increased, however, in the wake of last weekend's deadly
confrontation at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville,
A look at monuments that have
been removed, covered up or vandalized in recent days:
A statue of U.S. Supreme Court
Justice Roger B. Taney, who wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision
that upheld slavery and denied citizenship to
African-Americans, was removed from the grounds of the
Maryland State House Friday and trucked away to storage. Three
of four voting members of the State House Trust voted to move
the bronze statue, which was erected in 1872.
remove the Robert E. Lee and Thomas J.
"Stonewall" Jackson monument in Wyman Park
early Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Baltimore. Local news
outlets reported that workers hauled several monuments
away, days after a white nationalist rally in Virginia
The city removed a granite
fountain Friday that stood in a park as a monument to
Confederate soldiers since 1916. One of a few people on hand
to oppose the removal was detained when she defied orders to
vacate the grounds of the fountain. She was later released.
The city near the Canadian
border removed signs identifying Pickett Bridge, which was
named for Confederate Capt. George E. Pickett. North of
Vancouver, former highway markers honoring Confederate
President Jefferson Davis were splashed with red or black
paint at a park on private land Friday.
The Dallas-area theme park Six
Flags Over Texas will no longer fly the Confederate flag. The
park named for the six flags that have flown over the state
said Friday that will now fly six American flags.
remove two plaques honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E.
Lee from the property of St. John's Episcopal Church,
Wednesday Aug. 16, 2017, in the Bay Ridge section of
Brooklyn, New York. The removal comes in the wake of
last weekend's deadly white nationalist rally in
Charlottesville, Virginia, where white supremacists
protested plans to remove a Lee statue from a public
Transit officials will alter
subway tiles at a Manhattan station that have a cross-like
design similar to that of the Confederate flag. The design at
the 40th Street entrance to the Times Square stop isn't
flag-related but transit officials said they want to avoid
confusion about their meaning. Earlier this week, plaques
honoring Gen. Robert E. Lee were removed from the property of
a now-closed Brooklyn church. Meanwhile, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has
called on the Army to rename two streets at Fort Hamilton that
honor Lee and another Confederate general.
DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA
A statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee
at Duke University was found defaced Thursday. The statue in
the entryway to Duke Chapel had damage to its nose. Another
monument of a Confederate soldier that stood in front of a
government office building in town was pulled down by
protesters Monday night. Four people have been arrested, and
authorities say more arrests are planned. Earlier, two statues
in Wilmington were defaced with spray paint.
paint-covered monument to Confederate soldiers who died
in an 1863 battle stands along a road in Knoxville,
Tenn., on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017
A statue outside a courthouse
dedicated to Confederate soldiers was vandalized. Obscenities
and other graffiti were spray-painted on the 1908 monument
sometime before dawn Thursday. The damage was repaired.
A plaque honoring confederate
soldiers was removed Wednesday from a cemetery and a second
monument will be taken down later. The plaque lauded "the
valiant" Confederate soldiers buried there. Mayor Paul
Soglin said the Civil War was "a defense of the
deplorable practice of slavery."
A Confederate monument outside
Phoenix was found covered in tar and feathers on Thursday.
Earlier, the Confederate Troops Memorial outside the Arizona
Capitol was spray-painted white. It was the second time in a
week that the memorial had been vandalized.
defaced Gen. Robert E. Lee statue stands at the Duke
Chapel on Thursday, Aug. 17 2017, in Durham, N.C. Duke
President Vincent E. Price said in a statement that he
had already been meeting with members of the Duke
community to discuss how to deal with strong reactions
to the statue. But he says itís wrong for an
individual to vandalize a house of worship.
monuments were hauled away on trucks under cover of darkness
late Tuesday night and early Wednesday. Mayor Catherine Pugh
said she was concerned that such statues might spark violence.
A 1914 monument honoring fallen
Confederate soldiers was splattered with paint earlier this
week. Opponents are signing a petition to have it removed from
a neighborhood near the University of Tennessee campus.
A 52-foot-tall obelisk honoring
Confederate soldiers and sailors was covered by wooden panels
at the mayor's order. The 1905 monument is in a downtown park.
The cover-up Tuesday prompted a lawsuit by Alabama's attorney
general, who argues that it violates a new law prohibiting the
removal of historical structures, including rebel memorials.
Hollywood Forever Cemetery,
where many movie legends are interred, removed a 6-foot
Confederate monument that was erected in 1925. The stone and
attached plaque stood near the graves of more than 30
Confederate veterans and their families.
The city removed a plaque
naming Confederate President Jefferson Davis from a downtown
plaza Wednesday. The 1926 plaque honored San Diego as the
Western terminus of the Jefferson Davis Highway between
Virginia and California.