A statue honoring Confederate General Robert E. Lee was quietly removed from the U.S. Capitol overnight Sunday, but statues honoring Confederate leaders and others with racist pasts remain—months after leaders of Congress urged their removal.
Richmond, Virginia, Mayor Levar Stoney became the latest official to announce plans for the removal of Confederate statues, issuing a surprise executive order during a city council meeting Wednesday morning.
The removal of the statue came after an 11-1 vote by the Historic Properties Advisory Commission on Friday.
Four statues forming part of a Confederate monument in Portsmouth, around 80 miles outside Richmond, were also pulled down.
"We should not give Davis, a traitor and racist who lived in our state for less than a year, his own state holiday," Alabama State Representative Chris England wrote Thursday.
Lee led an armed rebellion against the United States in defense of slavery.
Viewers will think 'Oh, that's slavery. Wow, that was terrible. I'm glad it's over and our nation has moved on.'
A statue of Robert E. Lee is at the center of the unrest in Charlottesville. It should be in a museum, says Bertram Hayes-Davis.
The purge list includes Andrew Jackson, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, even Woodrow Wilson.
Trump has repudiated Lincoln's vision of America leading "the liberal party throughout the world."
Far from the Islamic State, young hotheads want to remove statues that have the temerity to upset them.
A Civil War descendant speaks out on the battle flag: "It should be put in its proper place."