Johnny Diaz, Christine Hauser, Jason M. Bailey, Mark Landler, Erin McCann, Monika Pronczuk, Neil Vigdor and Mihir Zaveri contributed reporting. Statues In The US And Around The World Are Being Beheaded And Torn Down Amid Black Lives Matter Protests In the US, UK, and elsewhere, public monuments commemorating people with backgrounds linked to slavery and racism are being toppled by angry demonstrators. Protesters vandalized a Confederate statue at the state Capitol on June 10. Four Confederate statues were beheaded by protesters on June 10. In Richmond, protesters pulled down an eight-foot-tall statue … In Antwerp, a Belgian king who brutalized Congo was burned and ultimately removed. Also torn down in the park on Friday were the statues of St. Junipero Serra and Francis Scott Key, who wrote the lyrics to "The Star-Spangled Banner." Additionally, Mayor Randall Woofin (D) agreed to remove an obelisk formally known as the Confederate Sailors and Soldiers Monument. ET The Capitol is about 10 miles from where a Minneapolis police officer pinned his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. On June 8, an image of George Floyd, whose death in police custody in Minneapolis helped set off the protests against police violence, was projected on the base of the statue of Robert E. Lee, the Confederate general, which towers over the city’s Monument Avenue. Ade Onibada BuzzFeed News Reporter Posted on June 10, 2020, at 2:32 p.m. Many of the monuments and statues, most of which depict Confederate leaders or Christopher Columbus, have been a source of controversy over the years, with calls from progressive activists and others to remove them. (A judge later blocked the removal.) The statues have stood for more than a century in some places. Carmack was a lawmaker and newspaper editor in Nashville and Memphis in the early 1900s. A Christopher Columbus statue was beheaded by protesters on June 10. A statue was found vandalized on June 14 after a petition was created requesting its removal. The defaced pedestal where a statue of Christopher Columbus once stood is seen at Byrd Park in Richmond, Va. Tuesday, June 9, 2020. Claim: Racial justice activist Shaun King said statues of "white Jesus" should be torn down. The statue, named "Appomattox," depicted a southern-facing Civil War soldier. Here are the places where statues and monuments have been toppled, vandalized or slated for removal by government officials. Statues in the firing line: Map reveals the 78 'racist' monuments from Orkney to Truro that 'Topple The Racists' campaign wants torn down in wake of Black Lives Matter protests The statue was removed the following day and placed in “a secure location,” Stimpson said. Activists tear down and deface with red paint the statue of Father Junipero Serra at Father Serra Park in Pueblo Amigo. In England, a 17th-century slave trader was dumped into Bristol Harbor. Statue of the Virgin Mary at a Catholic Church torn down and beheaded by unknown vandals. After police officers with riot shields and pepper spray moved in, the statue of Jackson on horseback ultimately remained upright that night. Protesters toppled a statue of Confederate officer Charles Linn on June 2. A bust of Belgian King Leopold II that had been painted red was removed by a city worker in Auderghem, near Brussels, on June 12. Anti-racism protesters in Britain pulled down a statue of slave trader Edward Colston and threw it in a river. Statues and monuments that have long honored racist figures are being boxed up, spray-painted — or beheaded. . What Does It Mean to Tear Down a Statue? “Our streets are filled with voices of anger and anguish, testament to centuries of racism directed at Black Americans,” Mayor Joe Hogsett (D) said in a statement. Sheehan noted that Schuyler was reportedly the largest slave owner in Albany. Elizabeth Rogliani, a Venezuelan actress living in the U.S., told followers on Tik Tok why she is concerned to see statues being torn down and roads being … In Dallas, construction crews recently removed a 12-foot-tall bronze statue of a Texas Ranger, long seen as a mythical figure in state folklore, amid concerns over historical episodes of police brutality and racism within the law enforcement agency. The protesters were originally charged with the first degree of criminal mischief, however the charges were dropped on June 11. Police did not step in to stop the vandalism as “such action would have required force which would have escalated the event,” Mayor John L. Rowe (I) said in a statement. The protesters were originally charged with the first degree of criminal mischief, however the charges were dropped on June 11. Harvey Milk is a gay rights icon and one of the first … A statue of politician Edward Carmack was toppled on May 30 outside the state Capitol. On June 8, the city began removing a monument that memorialized Confederate prisoners of war. A Confederate monument at the University of Mississippi was allegedly vandalized by a public school teacher on May 30. Wells Plaza, thrown one of Christopher Columbus in a lake, a 10-foot bronze sculpture of Columbus was toppled, historical episodes of police brutality and racism. , a statue depicting former Confederate President Jefferson Davis was torn down. Wells and alcohol and was gunned down on a Nashville street, has been torn down. More than 80,000 people have signed a petition to remove all statues of Leopold from Belgium, as the country grapples with a leading figure of its colonial past. And now, Philadelphia we have a … Additionally, Mayor Randall Woofin (D) agreed to remove an obelisk formally known as the Confederate Sailors and Soldiers Monument, NPR reported. Wells. It was reportedly vandalized multiple times before the recent protests. A statue of Orville Hubbard, the late mayor of Dearborn, was taken down on June 5. On June 3, police found a monument in a historic Confederate Cemetery vandalized. After the statue came down, protesters draped a banner over its base declaring the area Ida B. It had stood in the main lobby of the city’s Love Field airport since 1963. On June 13, a statue of Jefferson Davis was removed from the Capitol Rotunda, where it had stood for more than 80 years, commemorating the president of the Confederate States of America. PittsburghA statue of Christopher Columbus was vandalized on June 12. Carmack was shot dead in 1908 by the son of a political rival. How Statues Are Falling Around the World - The New York Times On June 10, a statue depicting former Confederate President Jefferson Davis was torn down. Harvey Milk’s bust at San Francisco City Hall. (Source: nbc12) He was a slave trader who, by the time of his death in 1809, owned two sugar plantations and 526 slaves in Jamaica. On June 6, a statue of Confederate Gen. Williams Carter Wickham was toppled by protesters. Mayor Kenny Alexander (D) announced that part of the monument will be removed from its current location. A 131-year-old Confederate statue was removed from an intersection on June 2. “The statue is a deplorable monument to racism, bigotry, and police brutality for members of the Black community, the LGBTQ community, and many others,” Mayor Jim Kenny (D) said. A statue of Edward Ward Carmack stood at the State Capitol in Nashville for more than 90 years before it was toppled on May 30. Protesters attempting to pull down the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square near the White House. A statue of Confederate general Lawrence Sullivan Ross was vandalized on the evening of June 9. A statue depicting Don Juan de Onate was vandalized on June 11. Days later, a pride flag was projected onto the statue. A Texas Ranger statue, named One Riot, One Ranger, was removed from Love Field airport on June 11. The Columbus Dispatch reported that there were also plans to remove the Columbus statue outside Columbus State Community College. I am saddened at the cowardice of Madison officials to deal with these thugs," Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, tweeted as the statues were being torn down. A statue of the late Mayor Frank Rizzo was removed on June 2. Here’s a look at what’s happened to some of them. The city plans to remove more Confederate monuments. He endorsed the lynching of three black men who were trying to open a grocery store, and incited a mob to attack the newspaper editor, journalist and activist Ida B. A statue of Robert E. Lee was torn down by four protesters at the high school of the same name. Protesters toppled a statue of Confederate officer Charles Linn on June 2. “We must name these instances of discrimination and never forget our past – but we should not honor them.”. Mayor Lenny Curry (R) said he plans to remove all Confederate monuments citywide. A school teacher and two others were arrested after they allegedly vandalized a statue of Columbus on June 13. The Madison County Commission approved the removal of a Confederate statue outside the courthouse in downtown Huntsville. On June 22, protesters tried to pull down a statue of President Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Park near the White House. Carmack was known for criticizing the writings of Tennessee civil rights journalist Ida B. - The New York Times The Robert E. Lee statue at Antietam National Battlefield and “Old Slave Block” in the town were vandalized on June 2. Global anti-racism protesters have set their sights on monuments with racist, colonial legacies. The contents of this site are ©2021 Capitol Hill Publishing Corp., a subsidiary of News Communications, Inc. His statue was erected in 1927. Several symbols were spray painted on the monument, such as a swastika and “USA” written on the side. And all over the world, as protests against racism and police violence have renewed attention on legacies of injustices, people have been asking: Does this statue still need to be here? The city council voted to remove a Confederate monument on June 8. The Christopher Columbus statue located in Byrd Park has been pulled out of Fountain Lake after being torn down by protesters last night. His forces seized Congo in the late 19th century and ran an exploitative regime that led to the deaths of millions. In Miami and Kenosha, Wis., statues of Columbus were painted. On June 10, a statue depicting former Confederate President Jefferson Davis was torn down. Everywhere Statues Are Torn Down By The Mob, People Are Next Statues of Confederate leaders and the explorer Christopher Columbus have been torn down in the US, as pressure grows on authorities to remove … In Boston, the head of a statue of Columbus in the city’s North End neighborhood was removed the same day. A Columbus statue in Richmond, VA was vandalized, torn down and thrown in a lake, while he was simply beheaded in Boston. “We can repair a monument, but we cannot bring back a life.". Protesters tore down a statue of Columbus outside the state Capitol. “Orville Hubbard—someone whose racist views should never have a place in our town—is one of those lessons for Dearborn,” Dearborn City Council President Susan Dabaja said in a Facebook post. Christopher J. Perry, the aviation department spokesman, said the statue would be put in storage and its fate would be decided by the Office of Arts and Culture. (Though Davis was born in Kentucky, the state declared itself officially neutral at the start of the Civil War.). Wells. Alexa Welch Edlund/Richmond Times-Dispatch, via Associated Press, Evan Frost/Minnesota Public Radio, via Associated Press. The Hill 1625 K Street, NW Suite 900 Washington DC 20006 | 202-628-8500 tel | 202-628-8503 fax. Some are cast in bronze, others carved in stone. But with the recent outrage over racial injustice and police brutality, some protesters have taken matters into their own hands by vandalizing or tearing down the statues, while some state and city officials have taken official steps to order their removal. Two days later, the statue of Robert Milligan outside of the Museum of London Docklands was removed by the local authorities. Christopher Columbus in Miami.Credit...Carl Juste/Miami Herald, via Associated Press. Gov. State lawmakers announced on June 17 that statues of Christopher Columbus and Queen Isabella would be removed from the Capitol rotunda. According to city officials, the decision was made by the Office of Arts and Culture and the airport. Jackson was … Colston, a merchant, profited richly from slavery, transporting at least 80,000 people from West Africa to the Caribbean. A slave auction block was removed on June 12. The objection was not to Roosevelt himself — whose family helped found the museum — but to the symbolism of the Native American man and the African man who stand beside him. The George Washington statue in Washington Park was found vandalized on June 14. Photos and video on social media show the defaced figure pulled down … The resolution stated that the statue will be relocated to “an appropriate location.”. The answer from some protesters has been a resounding no. Now that the statue, erected in 1895, is gone, critics want to replace it with a statue of Paul Stephenson, a black worker who led a boycott of the Bristol Omnibus Company in 1963 to force it to end discriminatory hiring practices against minority workers. Wells Plaza in its place. Carmack was known for criticizing the writings of Tennessee civil rights journalist Ida B. The Confederate monument in downtown Huntsville was vandalized by protesters on June 9. The statue had been spray painted with the word “racist” along with “BLM” and “ACAB.” The statue also had a rainbow colored wig placed on its head. A statue of the 26th president that has stood at the Museum of Natural History since 1940 will be removed, officials announced on June 21. The statue is in the entrance of El Paso International Airport. That same day, a statue of  Christopher Columbus was taken down and thrown into a nearby lake. shows protesters wrapping a rope around the statue’s neck and pulling it down. The City Council said this month it had the votes to remove other statues on Monument Avenue as well. The block was the subject of controversy in the city as the phrase “move that block” became a popular chant during the protests. The next wave of statue removals is afoot. On June 10, less than a day after the Columbus statue in Richmond came down, a 10-foot bronze sculpture of Columbus was toppled outside the State Capitol in St. Paul, Minn., after a group of protesters tied ropes around the statue’s neck and yanked it from its pedestal. Protests over the killing of George Floyd have led to the removal of historical statues across the U.S. On Tuesday night, a Columbus statue in Richmond, Virginia, was torn down by protesters, set on fire and then submerged into a lake, police said. The three statues in San Francisco join a host of other monuments that have been torn down in recent days amid ongoing protests following the killing of George Floyd last month. Here in Washington, D.C., last night, protesters in Lafayette Square right by the White House tried to take down a statue of President Andrew Jackson. Protesters in Richmond have also toppled a Jefferson Davis statue, thrown one of Christopher Columbus in a lake, toppled the Howitzers Monument, which featured a Confederate artilleryman, and torn down a statue of William Carter Wickham, a Confederate cavalry commander. Protesters took down three statues in Richmond. A statue of politician Edward Carmack was toppled on May 30 outside the state Capitol, The Associated Press reported. In dozens more cities, those that still stand have been marked with graffiti, challenged anew with petitions and protests, or scheduled for removal. Overnight Tuesday, another Columbus statue … Ralph Northam of Virginia, a Democrat, has ordered the removal of the statue under a new state law that goes into effect on July 1, which will allow cities to decide for themselves the fates of such monuments. In St. Paul, demonstrators toppled a ten-foot-tall statue that stood in front of the Minnesota state capitol. All three suspects were charged with desecration of a grave/monument and conspiracy. The words “spiritual genocide” were spray painted on the statue along with red hand prints. Monument to … The vandals hit in Portland on Thursday as a statue of George Washington was torn down and a pioneer monument was covered in graffiti with … The statue of Edward Carmack, an early 1900s newspaper publisher who hated Ida B. A Confederate monument was vandalized on June 8. A GEORGE Washington statue has been toppled, and an American flag set ablaze by Black Lives Matter protesters. Wells. , a statue of Confederate Gen. Williams Carter Wickham was toppled by protesters. Part of a series of attacks on religious icons and churches across the country. The statue could be seen spray painted, and it had a white hood placed on its head. Another statue of Leopold had been removed from a public square in Antwerp three days earlier. Protesters toppled a bronze statue of the 17th-century slave trader Edward Colston into Bristol Harbor on June 7, forcing Britain to consider how to confront its racist history. In the widespread protests that followed the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police on May 25, statues of and memorials to Confederate soldiers and … Protesters tore down a statue of Columbus outside the state Capitol. Almost 20,000 of them died on the voyages. Ben Birchall/Press Association, via Associated Press, Kenzo Tribouillard/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images, Juan Figueroa/The Dallas Morning News, via Associated Press, Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader, via Associated Press, draped a banner over its base declaring the area Ida B. See where they're being taken down across the U.S. From monuments to murals and statues to flags, memorials of … Mayor Kathy Sheehan (D) said June 11 that she signed an executive order to remove the statue of Maj. Gen. Philip Schuyler from in front of city hall. Miami Police arrested seven suspects. The city later removed the damaged statue. A Confederate statue was removed on June 9. A statue of Jefferson Davis in Richmond, Va., on June 10. , a statue of  Christopher Columbus was taken down and thrown into a nearby lake. The group, known as Raleigh United, has since added a golden plaque honoring George Floyd. by four protesters at the high school of the same name. "Christopher Columbus is a deeply polarizing historical figure given the deadly impact his arrival in this hemisphere had on indigenous populations," Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins (D), Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D) and Assembly Rules Chairman Ken Cooley (D) said in a joint statement. 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