14. Google+. These statues have mainly been focused upon because of their connection to white supremacy and racial injustice. Matthew Evans started this petition to President Donald J. Trump and 6 others. Over the past three weeks, over 100 monuments across the United States have been torn down or scheduled for removal. The university announced its decision to remove all Confederate monuments from university-owned land in June. Trump administration slams proposal to alter historical DC monuments, says mayor should be ‘ashamed’ The DC committee called for making changes to some of the city's best-known tourist attractions As millions of Americans decry the rampant destruction of this nation’s historical monuments in the name of “social justice,” a self-described “activist academic” University of Oregon professor has received a $350,000 federal government grant to identify even more targets for removal. Many municipalities in the United States have removed monuments and memorials on public property dedicated to the Confederate States of America (CSA), and some, such as Silent Sam in North Carolina, have been torn down by protestors. Fax: (202) 547-8165, ERLC © 2021, All rights reserved. 54. If Taiwan’s statues are taken away, history gets taken away as well. Police arrested seven suspects shortly afterward. Take, for example, the Nathan Bedford Forrest Monument, which was removed from a park in Memphis, Tennessee, in 2017. Historic monuments and statues have become the targets of anger and vandalism during Black Lives Matter protests in the wake of George Floyd's police custody death at the end of May. Rioters had spray-painted the bronze monument of the general atop a horse. July 24: Christopher Columbus, Illinois. She died in 1912. Vandals defaced a statue of the Founding Father and first president in Washington Park, covering the base in red spray paint reading “SLAVE OWNER” and “GOD BLESS AMERIKKKA.” The perpetrators also placed a white gown and hood on the sculpture. Whatever else we might think about remembrances of the Confederacy, it seems unlikely that we’d choose today to honor traitors to our nation in the halls of our legislature. July 11: The Virgin Mary, Massachusetts. Someone applied graffiti to deface the plaque in front of the statue of Lee at Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, Maryland. Sutter abused and enslaved Native Americans in the 1840s, according to HistoryNet. Louisville was named after Louis XVI, the last king of France before the French Revolution, in honor of the monarch’s support for American colonists during the Revolutionary War. Demonstrators pulled down statues of two Confederate soldiers from a monument just outside the State Capitol in Raleigh. Arizona Gov. A crowd of 400 gathered and watched in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park as vandals pulled down the monument. Some sources say the Spanish missionary abused Native Americans on the West Coast and subjected them to forced labor. July 4: Christopher Columbus, Maryland. In 2015, Dylann Roof murdered nine Black congregants at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. >>> Related: 8 Acts of Vandalism, Desecration at Churches Across Nation. Citizens began a petition drive to keep the statue at its Park Square location. Just one month earlier, torch-toting racists, Klansmen and Confederate sympathizers had marched on the University of Virginia’s campus in Charlottesville during a … July 21: Confederate monument, Louisiana. In Washington, D.C., rioters used ropes to tear down a bronze depiction of Albert Pike, a Confederate general, and then set the 11-foot statue on fire. This can make it difficult to remove statues and memorials even when the society’s values have changed and the subject is no longer considered worthy of honor. At the order of the city manager, workers removed a statue of explorer Francis Drake from Larkspur Landing, the main Golden Gate Ferry terminal in Larkspur, California, SFist reported. 98. Officials in Dearborn, Michigan, removed a statue of Orville Hubbard, the city’s mayor from 1942 to 1978. July 23: Confederate monument, Arizona. This was the second time it was removed. Rioters toppled a statue of Francis Scott Key, author of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” on the day known as Juneteenth, which commemorates the day in 1865 that slaves in Texas learned Lincoln had freed them a year and a half earlier. A small group of demonstrators used black spray paint to cover a plaque at a monument reading “In memory of our Confederate patriots 1861-1865,” outside the Walker County Courthouse in Huntsville, Texas. By Kelley Gaskill. Castleman became a brigadier general in the U.S. Army after the Civil War and was instrumental in setting up Louisville’s segregated park system, The Courier-Journal reported. However, this scenario is different from the Charlottesville one. 71. … They placed a burning American flag on top of the statue before throwing it into a nearby lake. Protesters gathered outside the Minnesota State Capitol in Saint Paul used rope to pull down a 10-foot bronze statue of Columbus. June 19: St. Junipero Serra, California. June 10: Confederate monument, Virginia. These monuments are a reminder of what our country had to go through to become whole again. Loring was a Confederate soldier who also fought during the Mexican-American War and later represented the United States as inspector general to the sultan of Egypt. 3 This mythic history views slavery as a benevolent system and argues that the Civil War was fought over states’ rights. The vandals set afire and defaced the depiction of Linn once it was on the ground. Stop the removal of historical Confederate Monuments. The removal was unannounced and happened shortly before Mayor Lenny Curry announced plans to remove all remaining confederate monuments. “Moving this statue will not change the past. We Hear You: A Vice President, a Constitution, and a Time for Adults, We Hear You: Taking on the Left, Even in Blue States, We Hear You: From Gender Identity in Sports to Second Amendment Rights, We Hear You: From Misery in San Francisco to Impeachment in Senate, Here’s What We Can Expect From a Biden Administration, Podcast: What You Need to Know About Critical Race Theory. 104. Workers removed Chicago’s third and last statue of Columbus from Drake Fountain in the southern part of the city. of past events as historical features of contested monuments. 52. Facebook. Reagan lived in Dixon from age 9 to 22. DeKalb County Judge Clarence Seeliger ordered the monument be taken down and stored, WSB-TV reported. Demonstrators toppled a statue of Williams Carter Wickham, a Confederate general, in Richmond’s Monroe Park. Different ideas like that that don’t help bipartisan discourse,” he said referring to a proposed law in South Carolina that would penalize local politicians for removing historic monument. But the removal of Confederate monuments … From 1799 to 1818, Baranov was in effect the first governor of Alaska. A man and a woman threw balloons filled with red paint on two statues of Washington that stand on either side of the famed arch at Washington Square Park in Manhattan. The monuments go up because, without Washington, there likely would not have been an American nation. Crews removed a statue of St. Junipero Serra, the 18th-century Roman Catholic priest and missionary, from outside Ventura City Hall. July 13: Thomas Ruffin, North Carolina. 12. Vandals defaced the statue with graffiti and wrapped an American flag around its head and set it on fire. Removal of some monuments might bring new scrutiny to others, but this is not a wholesale attack on history or memory. Two women vandalized the base of a statue of President Ronald Reagan in Dixon with blue paint reading “BLACK LIVES MATTER.” The Dixon Police Department obtained photos of the women and asked the public to help identify them. After the Charleston shooting, North Carolina passed a law banning the removal of historical monuments, for example. Twitter. Twitter Permanently Bans Trump. ‘Time is overdue’: Group of Democrats calls for removal of Confederate monuments at Texas Capitol The move comes after weeks of protests … The Gainesville City Council voted unanimously to remove a Confederate monument from Leonard Park. Stuart, Confederate general, from Richmond’s Monument Avenue. 110. The City Council had voted unanimously June 23 to remove the statue. I urge President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and the U.S. Supreme Court to sign a bill into law protecting these monuments, all military monuments from removal. Vandals had covered the base of the monument—featuring a Confederate soldier atop a pillar—with graffiti. The Daily Signal depends on the support of readers like you. A vandal or vandals spray-painted the acronym BLM on a statue of Columbus on Chicago’s Museum Campus. Vandals had covered the statue in graffiti, and its location has been the site of numerous protests since Floyd’s death. Monuments are more than mere historical reminders. Let’s get to 50,000! Indianapolis city workers removed a monument dedicated to Confederate soldiers who died in a Union prison camp in Indianapolis during the Civil War. Crews removed a statue of Columbus from Grant Park in Chicago. July 4: Christopher Columbus, Connecticut. That Shouldn’t Change Under Biden. June 8: John Breckinridge Castleman, Kentucky. The removal of Confederate monuments and symbols will not cure our social ills. Update: Before the city could remove the monument, vandals defaced the tall pedestal of the statue with red paint Aug. 5, WAAY-TV reported. The momentum to remove Confederate memorials increased dramatically following the high-profile incidents including the Charleston church shooting(201… Vandals defaced the base of a Columbus statue with red handprints and graffiti reading “MURDER” and “OG PIG” in Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park. @Virginia_Allen5 The Onion looks at the pros and cons of removing historical statues. The City Council voted unanimously July 15 to remove and relocate the statue, KCOY-TV reported. A vandal or vandals spray-painted a statue of 19th-century Quaker poet and abolitionist John Greenleaf Whittier in the city named after him, writing “BLM” and “— Slave Owners” on it. 77. Doug Ducey, a Republican, has not announced plans to replace the marker, the Arizona Capitol Times reported. As we become more honest with ourselves as a nation about the darker areas of our history, we should consider what is worth celebrating. … On the contrary, these campaigns to remove American history just distract from the core issues plaguing our society. 39. As Christians, we are called to “do all to the glory of God” (1 Cor. June 19: Confederate monument, North Carolina. 22. July 25: Confederate monument, Virginia. June 10: Confederate monument, Alabama. 70. June 30: Confederate monument, Georgia. “Because cultural-property law’s original purpose was to address the potential for wartime destruction of the world’s Treasures,” says Bissell, “its organizing principle is the preservation of historically or aesthetically significant heritage.”. They dragged a bronze depiction of a cavalryman down the road with a rope around its neck and hung the statue from a lightpost. The monument was built in honor of the Bemis Heights Regiment, New York’s 77th volunteer regiment. 49. May 30: Confederate monument, Mississippi, Vandals painted red handprints on the University of Mississippi’s Confederate monument in Oxford, Mississippi, along with the words “spiritual genocide.”. The next day, crews removed the statue from outside Albuquerque Museum. The Anniston, Alabama, City Council voted 4-1 to remove a memorial of Confederate war hero John Pelham, whose hometown was nearby Alexandria, as a show of support for protesters. For example, Confederate statues are obvious candidates for removal from public spaces, since their purpose is to venerate a cause that celebrated slavery, segregationism, and white supremacy. 93. 15. Rioters toppled a white marble statue of Columbus and threw it into Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. 88. The family of the late mayor now possesses the statue, which had stood outside the Dearborn Historical Museum. Rioters pulled down a statue in Nashville, Tennessee, depicting 19th-century newspaper editor Edward Carmack. 901 Commerce Street, Suite 550 A crowd cheered as rioters toppled a statue of Albert Pike, apparently the only Confederacy-related statue in Washington, D.C. The Justice Department on July 2 charged four men with defacing the statue, including a man identified as a ringleader. Early June: Matthias Baldwin, Pennsylvania. They threw chains around the statue in an apparent reference to what they said was Roosevelt’s hostile treatment of Native Americans. “There is no logical equivalence between the builders and protectors of a nation—however imperfect—and the men who sought to sunder that nation in the name of slavery.” The bronze depiction of Davis originally was placed along Monument Avenue in 1907. Officials planned to move the statue to Cave Hill Cemetery, where Castleman is buried. In a tweet, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, a Democrat, said Schuyler reportedly was “the largest owner of enslaved people in Albany during his time.”, 32. The man also placed a rainbow wig on the statue’s head. The death of George Floyd sparked all sorts of movements and change. We’ve got to find common ground.”, 18. July 24: Confederate monuments, Virginia. A mob set fire to an iconic, 120-year-old statue of an elk atop a fountain in Portland, which also had been covered with graffiti in recent weeks. Since then, the debate surrounding the legitimacy of certain historical monuments has gathered pace, with the American city of New Orleans recently voting to remove statues of prominent Confederate figures of the American Civil War, such as Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis in an attempt to confront the South’s racist past [Ref: CNN]. Washington, DC 20002 “We’re not going to agree on everything—that’s just not human history, human nature. A city work crew removed a statue of a Texas Ranger entitled “One Riot, One Ranger” that had stood at Love Field airport in Dallas since 1963. Removal of Confederate monuments and memorials is an ongoing process in the United States since the 1960s. Virginia, where the CSA had its capital in Richmond, has the most Confederate monuments … Busts removed included those of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy; Fitzhugh Lee, Confederate cavalry general and 40th governor of Virginia; Confederate generals J.E.B. 56. During the protests following the death of George Floyd in the summer of 2020, many Confederate statues were damaged or toppled, as were statues of Presidents George Washington , Thomas Jefferson , and Ulysses S. Grant . Christians might ask if this exact monument didn’t exist, how likely is it that we would support making a new monument to this person in this way at this location?For example, Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently called for the removal of 11 Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol. June 10: Christopher Columbus, Virginia. Protests over the killing of George Floyd have led to the removal of historical statues across the U.S. Removing statues is a slippery slope that could lead to the brash removal of monuments to any slightly problematic person. Workers removed a statue of King Louis XVI from Jefferson Square Park in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, to protect it from further damage. June 8: Confederate monument, North Carolina. June 10: Christopher Columbus, Minnesota. Flames charred the statue’s face and upper body. July 28: Confederate monument, Texas. Rioters attempted to tear down a statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square near the White House, but police intervened. 85. Whittier was a delegate to the first meeting of the American Anti-Slavery Convention, the Whittier Daily News reported. 78. The monument, built in 1908, features a Confederate soldier atop a tall pillar. Caldwell County commissioners voted 4-1 to relocate a Confederate monument that has stood on the lawn of the county courthouse in Lockhart. / Vandals defaced a statue of Washington with red paint and graffiti reading “BLM.” The statue stands just outside the New Orleans Public Library. Join the millions of people who benefit from The Daily Signal’s fair, accurate, trustworthy reporting with direct access to: Don’t have time to read the Washington Post or New York Times? 64. The United Daughters of the Confederacy removed the “Appomattox” statue in Alexandria depicting a lone soldier to commemorate all of the city’s Confederate soldiers. That mass shooting sparked renewed efforts—both legal and illegal—to remove Confederate memorials around the country. Or they go up because of T.J.’s views on separation of church and state and other values that we hold dear. Explainer: What you should know about the Syrian Civil War, Early Southern Baptist Leader- “Take down that confederate flag!”, Why we need to transform our political instincts. She is the co-host of The Daily Signal Podcast and Problematic Women. The Loring monument was moved to privately owned land in accord with the wishes of Loring’s descendants. The UK government on Monday unveiled new laws to protect England's cultural and historic heritage in the form of statues and monuments to ensure they are not removed "at a whim". Vandals defaced a monument to Confederate soldiers in Amarillo with orange and blue paint. The monument to the founder of the Ku Klux Klan was protected by the 1954 Hague Convention, the Veterans’ Memorial Preservation and Recognition Act of 2003, and a state law forbidding the removal of any statue from state property. The Sitka Assembly voted 6-1 to remove a statue of Alexander Andreyevich Baranov, a prominent Russian merchant and trader, from outside Harrigan Centennial Hall in Sitka, the former Russian capital of Alaska. July 7: Confederate monument, North Carolina. The statue was a gift from the city of Montpellier in southern France as a symbol of friendship. July 17: Union soldiers monument, New York. Take it down!” as rioters toppled a bronze depiction of St. Junipero Serra in Father Serra Park in downtown LA. Someone had spray-painted the bronze statue of Rizzo, also a former Philadelphia police chief. 66. The removal of Confederate monuments from public spaces is a necessary step in the long struggle over symbols and public spaces in the United States, and we recognize that this is just one of many actions essential to ensuring that these spaces are open and welcoming to all Americans equally. Crews removed a statue of Henry Lawson Wyatt, believed to be the first Confederate soldier killed at the start of the Civil War, from its location in Raleigh. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) have both called … Authorities dropped charges of first-degree criminal mischief against all four June 11. SINHA: I think then it becomes a purely destructive exercise, a way you are simply destroying all monuments and all statues. A vandal or vandal pulled down a statue of John McDonogh outside Gallier Hall in New Orleans. Aug. 10: Confederate monument, Georgia. Nashville, Tennessee 37203 The pace of such incidents then slowed, but continued to occur into October. Some, however, worry that the removal of public monuments will equate to the erasure of our collective history. City crews in Louisville, Kentucky, removed a statue of John Breckinridge Castleman, a Confederate officer, from the center of the Cherokee Triangle neighborhood. However, after seeing the historical marker in Brea Canyon, I was inspired to do more research into California history. On the Removal of Historic Statues. Vandals defaced the monument with graffiti in June. Open dialog with stakeholders to share options for removal, dismantling, storage, access, and/or contextualization. Two of the statues include Jefferson Davis and Alexander Stephens, the president and vice president of the Confederate States of America. 100. As David A. Graham says, “In other words, the erection of Confederate monuments has been a way to perform cultural resistance to black equality.”, The Veterans’ Memorial Preservation and Recognition Act of 2003, makes it a federal crime to willfully injure or destroy, or attempt to injure or destroy, any “structure, plaque, statue, or other monument on public property commemorating the service of any person or persons in the armed forces of the United States.” Similarly, vandalism and destruction of monuments on federal property is also already a federal crime.To enforce the laws, about 400 unarmed D.C. National Guardsmen were put on standby at the Washington, D.C. Armory to provide backup to National Park Police to help prevent damage at key monuments in the city. Crews removed a statue of Robert E. Lee and busts of seven other Confederate leaders from the Virginia Capitol in Richmond. The list of American statues and other monuments that have been toppled, decapitated, defaced, or removed since the May 25 killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis grew longer almost daily through June and July. July 2: Matthew Fontaine Maury, Virginia, Work crews in Richmond removed a graffiti-covered statue of Matthew Fontaine Maury, a Confederate naval officer during the Civil War who is more broadly known as the “Father of Oceanography.”, 63. Someone spray-painted the words “F— Colonizers” on the base of a statue honoring Mexican-American soldiers in Sacramento. The act was a “hate crime,” Chris Marzan, spokesman for the California Mexican American Veterans Memorial Foundation, said. The removal in recent years of several monuments depicting Confederate leaders and other controversial historical figures by both politicians and unsanctioned activists have generated debate over whether their removal is justified. The removal efforts fall into two broad categories. Rioters spray-painted black-power fists, a hammer and sickle, and the initials BLM over a plaque beneath the statue of Columbus in Miami. Aug. 25: Historic marker, Kentucky. History must not be hidden away in some museum, or warehouse, it must not be revised to "fit with the times". 50. 80. Try the Morning Bell and get the day’s most important news and commentary from a team committed to the truth in formats that respect your time…and your intelligence. 10:31), which might require rethinking how we memorialize our past. A judge blocked the efforts of Virginia Gov. 23. The city planned to remove the statue sometime after a public hearing Aug. 17. June 11: “One Riot, One Ranger,” Texas. Crews removed a statue of a Confederate soldier from Hemming Park in Jacksonville, Florida. Hass said The United Daughters of the Confederacy, an organization working to stop the removal of confederate monuments, perpetuates the ideals of white supremacy and racism through these monuments. Work crews removed a statue of Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson from Richmond’s Monument Avenue, on order of Mayor Levar Stoney, a Democrat. A mob vandalized a memorial to fallen police officers outside Police Department headquarters in downtown Kansas City. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, ordered work crews to remove what was left of the monument. 40. May 31: Charles Linn, Alabama. This article is more than 2 years old . A vandal or vandals defaced a statue of Ireland-born businessman Marcus Daly with graffiti on the Montana Technological University campus in Butte. Roy Cooper ordered the statue removed in the interest of public safety. Public monuments are protected by an interlocking web of international-, federal-, and state-level law intended to protect cultural property. Workers removed a statue of Frank Rizzo, the Democratic mayor of Philadelphia in the 1970s, from the steps of the Municipal Services Building. Nathalie Voit contributed to this list, which was updated and expanded July 31, Aug. 7, and Nov. 2. July 14: Confederate monument, Georgia. The Confederate statues are not the cause of the racial education gap, wage disparities, unemployment, crime, drug use or other problems the black community faces. Workers removed a 100-foot monument known as “Confederate Soldiers and Sailors” from Libby Hill Park in Richmond. Aug. 20: Confederate memorial, Michigan. A vandal or vandals toppled a statue of Lee in Roanoke, Virginia. July 22: Roger B. Taney, District of Columbia, The House of Representatives voted 305-113 to remove a bust of Roger B. Taney, the U.S. chief justice who wrote the Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision, from the Capitol. 105. Crews removed a 30-foot Confederate monument from Decatur Square in Decatur, Georgia. 51. According to the Tennessee State Museum, Carmack criticized Ida B. July 9: Confederate monument, Georgia. June 19: Francis Scott Key, California. 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