Protesters tear down statue, damage Confederate monument, smash windows and start fire in Birmingham. BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Sarah Collins Rudolph thought she'd never see what happened in her hometown: Prompted by protests, the city removed a 115-year-old Confederate … Despite that, other cities have followed suit. ... Birmingham, Alabama, removes Confederate monument, faces state lawsuit. Houston’s Confederate statues to be removed, Turner announces. Here’s how it would work: as soon as a few minutes after inauguration on January 20, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Kamala Harris (acting in her capacity as president of the Senate) could formally ask the governors of the states that have sent confederate statues to remove … The city of Mobile removed the Confederate statue … Woodfin vowed to have the Birmingham … Green said Confederate symbols that sit in front of government buildings or rise above public parks have always been a source of pain for African Americans. Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's statue was removed from the US Capitol on Monday as part of a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act passed last week by Congress. A Confederate statue was being removed … FILE - The pedestal where the statue of Admiral Raphael Semmes stands empty, June 5, 2020 in Mobile, Alabama. “How is it systemic? That night, the group of protesters tried and failed to pull down the 115-year-old Soldiers and Sailors Monument, but they got the attention of Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin. Alabama sued the city of Birmingham in 2017 after the barrier was placed, citing a state law barring the removal or … A statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that has represented Virginia in the U.S. Capitol for 111 years has been removed.Virginia Gov. In Birmingham, Alabama, a Confederate monument was at the center of Sunday night’s protests over the killing of George Floyd, when rioting demonstrators tried to … A statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee no longer stands in the U.S. Capitol building. The Alabama Supreme Court last year ruled that Birmingham violated Alabama’s monument protection law when it placed a plywood screen around the Confederate monument in August 2017, and ordered the city to pay a $25,000 fine. The statue was removed amid a large, peaceful protest downtown Monday night. (Marvin Gentry, For the Birmingham Times) The City of Birmingham on Monday night removed a controversial Confederate statue from downtown’s Linn Park less than 24 hours after protesters defaced and damaged the monument. A man walks past the toppled statue of Charles Linn, who was in the Confederate Navy, in Birmingham's Linn Park, on Monday. “I want you to know that I 100 percent support civil disobedience, but that is very different from civil unrest and I support activism and the right to peacefully assemble, but I don’t support mobs or people destroying things just because.”. The mayor of Birmingham, Alabama explained Tuesday his reasons for removing the Confederate statue in the city, that is protected under state law. In Alexandria, Virginia, it was the United Daughters of the Confederacy that took action early Tuesday, removing the statue of a soldier gazing south from Old Town since 1889. Most notably, Virginia Gov. “In order to prevent more civil unrest, it is very imperative that we remove this statue,” he said. “Now I’m like, ‘This is going to be a moment that I’m going to be teaching, writing about for the rest of my life, and I’m here and I’m seeing it.’”. Okay, let’s do some math. "Stonewall' Jackson, the Confederate general and former VMI professor whose … Birmingham in 1906, facing down 20th Street North. The monument is protected under Alabama's Monument Preservation Act, which prohibits its removal and … A family poses for a photo in front of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument at Linn Park the day after protesters spray-painted it and called for its removal. About 90 miles south of Birmingham, demonstrators tore down a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that stood in front of Lee High School … Now, even some of their longtime defenders have decided to remove them. BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Not even 24 hours after protesters attempted to remove the Confederate monument themselves Sunday, the city of Birmingham had heavy machinery at Linn Park to remove the controversial monument. At the end of the street stands the Confederate Sailors & Soldiers Monument. An unidentified man walks past a toppled statue of Charles Linn, a city founder who was in the Confederate navy, in Birmingham, Alabama, on June 1, 2020. As recently as February, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin said he had no immediate plans to remove the wooden box concealing the base of the monument. Write CSS OR LESS and hit save. Though some municipalities, Birmingham among them, have decided now is the time to remove painful public tributes to America’s slaveholding past, the handful of monuments taken down by cities represent a small portion of the 1,747 statues identified in an updated version of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s report on Confederate memory in the United States, Whose Heritage. Birmingham, which recently celebrated its 149th birthday, was founded in 1871., was founded in 1871. Woodfin on Monday said, “The Legislature enacted a law that prevented cities from removing Confederate statues in the state of Alabama for … Birmingham Mayor Vows To Remove Confederate Monument—And Break The Law—After Protesters Try To Tear It Down. The City of Birmingham on Monday night removed a controversial Confederate statue from downtown’s Linn Park less than 24 hours after protesters defaced and damaged the monument. The city of Birmingham removed a towering obelisk after another statue was toppled by protesters. “Should the City of Birmingham proceed with the removal of the monument in question, based upon multiple conversations I have had [Monday], city leaders understand I will perform the duties assigned to me by the Act to pursue a new civil complaint against the city,” Marshall said. The city removed the monument overnight. A large crane began to … “What started out with the best intentions turned into something that none of us deserve, none of our small business owners, none of our corporate community, the people in the media that were physically hurt, no one deserved what happened last night in this city we call home,” Woodfin said. “We’ve got to find a way to come together,” Mayor Lenny Curry, a Republican, said the next day. Attorney General Steve Marshall filed a lawsuit against Birmingham. Lecia Brooks has studied the nation’s Confederate symbols for years. Birmingham officials will not reveal the current location of the statue they removed from Linn Park, citing security concerns, but they said they are still figuring out what to do with it. Virginia’s statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee was removed from the U.S. Capitol early Monday morning.Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced the statue's removal Monday, hailing it as a crucial and necessary step forward for the state.“We should all be proud of this important step forward for our Commonwealth and our country,” said Northam, a Democrat. Virginia Military Institute removes Confederate statueBy SARAH RANKINAssociated PressThe Associated PressLEXINGTON, Va. LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Military Institute removed a prominent statue of Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson on Monday, a project initiated this fall after allegations of systemic racism roiled the public college. The City of Birmingham on Monday night removed a controversial Confederate statue from downtown’s Linn Park less than 24 hours after protesters defaced and damaged the monument. Jay Reeves / AP Read more With nation in turmoil, Birmingham takes down divisive Confederate statue, Mayor Declares State of Emergency, Curfew in Birmingham, ‘Love is not enough, you [need] . The cornerstone of the Monument plinth was laid during the 1894 Reunion of United Confederate Veterans on Confederate Decoration Day, April 26. and contained a Bible and Confederate flag. Woodfin told AL.com that he was willing to pay the fine to have the statue removed. At Linn Park today, a construction fence surrounds the patch of gravel where the Confederate statue once stood. Some other Confederate symbols are coming down around the South. In recent weeks, Brooks said the death of George Floyd has inspired a new wave of activism and people want change. The Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument was a commemorative obelisk that was erected in Linn Park, Birmingham, Alabama in 1905. Groups like the Sons of Confederate Veterans, who opposed removing the monument in the first place, want it restored and preserved on private property. Groups like the Sons of Confederate Veterans “In order to prevent more civil unrest in our city,” Woodfin said at a press conference, “I think it is very imperative that we remove this statue.”. The city of Birmingham, Alabama, has taken down a 155-year-old monument to the Confederacy. Photo via BhamWiki. A little over two weeks ago, a group of protesters gathered at Linn Park in downtown Birmingham. Ralph Northam said in a statement that workers removed the statue from the National Statuary Hall Collection early Monday morning. By … By Alisha Ebrahimji, Artemis Moshtaghian and Lauren … A Confederate statue was being removed … Hilary Green, associate professor of history at UA, said the removal of these structures in Alabama, and across the nation, is significant. Ralph Northam on Thursday announced the state will remove an iconic statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Richmond. Discussion surrounding the Confederate monument's presence has been a hot topic in Birmingham over the past few years. “But let’s put it somewhere where it can be contextualized,” she said, “and you can go and study it where it is, as an artifact of the past.”. Green said that means any damage or markings like graffiti should stay, because that documents the history of the monument’s removal. “With this being gone, in a pretty much all black city,” Jones said, “it was a weight lifted off of this city,”. Shortly before 8 p.m. on Monday, a large crane arrived in Linn Park — with the city nearly vacant after Mayor Randall Woodfin earlier in the day imposed a mandatory 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew — to remove the 115-year old monument that had caused a years-long battle between state lawmakers and leaders in Alabama’s largest city. Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin stopped protesters who were attempting to dismantle a Confederate statue on May 31, promising to have the statue removed. People used a rope to pull down a statue of Charles Linn, the park’s namesake who was a captain in the Confederate Navy and later one of the founders of Birmingham. Several other states removed, or announced the removal of, Confederate monuments on Thursday. He said the city could build a monument of one of Birmingham’s countless black leaders, or a memorial to the community coming together today and asking for a better future. The Birmingham board took its first steps toward removing the Confederate soldier memorial in downtown's Linn Park. Markiese Jones said he cannot believe it is gone. The Civil War ended in 1865, a full six years before Birmingham existed. In some states, statues have ended up in storage, or even sold at auction. The boulder has also now been removed. Crews removed a statue of a Confederate soldier from Hemming Park in Jacksonville, Florida. The then-mayor of Birmingham Mel Drennen cosigned and said that his city’s new Confederate monument “memorialized … a cause that will ever remain fresh in the memories of our Southern people.” It was a quick departure for a monument that Birmingham has tried to take down for years. Birmingham, which recently celebrated its 149th birthday, was founded in 1871. Meet Birmingham Fire Capt. And in Birmingham, Ala., on Sunday, protesters spray-painted the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument, a 52-foot-tall sandstone obelisk, and chipped at its base. The city removed the statue of Confederate Adm. Raphael Semmes from downtown and took it to a secure location, Mayor Sandy Stimpson said in a tweet on June 5. The plywood was placed there on orders of former Birmingham Mayor William Bell after the state passed the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act in 2017 in response to calls for removal of Confederate monuments on public property. Narrating a Facebook Live video, Jones said the group was mostly young and diverse. Markiese Jones went to check it out and started filming. Virginia Gov. Confederate symbols across the South have been targeted for vandalism during demonstrations sparked by Floyd’s death in police custody in Minneapolis. some practical life skills’, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin makes public his plans to seek second term, Birmingham Police: Meet the First 5 Female Captains to Serve at Same Time, Birmingham Fire: No Glass Ceiling; 3 Females Make History as Captains. ... “I’m telling you simply to leave the statue alone. Birmingham has tried to take down for years, a report by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Corporation For Public Broadcasting (CPB), International Association of Audio Information Services, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Report. Houston Chronicle. By WBRC Staff | May 31, 2020 at 8:27 PM CDT - Updated September 26 at 10:00 AM . The toppled bronze statue … When Birmingham disassembled the statue and dug up its cornerstone at Linn Park, it violated a 2017 state law that protects historic monuments. Markiese Jones stands in front of the gravel pit where a Confederate monument once stood at Linn Park. The pedestal where the statue … Confederate statues are coming down following George Floyd's death. The Virginia Military Institute on Monday removed a statue of Thomas J. The statue's installation at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War is expected to be completed by the fall of 2021. At the end of the street stands the Confederate Sailors & Soldiers Monument. CTRL + SPACE for auto-complete. He said he does not support vandalism but the monument needed to come down. The Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument was a commemorative obelisk that was erected in Linn Park, Birmingham, Alabama in 1905. Another statue in Old Town Alexandria called "Appomattox," erected in 1889 to honor Confederate soldiers from Virginia, was removed June 2. He is not too concerned about what happens to the statue, but he is excited to see what might take its place. Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin on Monday ordered the removal of the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Linn Park. . Once a community decides to take down a monument, which can be large and heavy, it can be difficult to find it a new home. Downtown Montgomery protest On Monday, Mayor Steven Reed spoke from a podium in front of E.D. (Terry McCombs via Flickr) Birmingham, Alabama, officials voted to … “They are absolutely passionate about what they’re doing, and I’m in awe,” Jones said. Groups like the Sons of Confederate Veterans, who opposed removing the monument in the first place, want it restored and preserved on private property. The statue was removed on August 30, 2015. Birmingham, Ala., officials ordered a Confederate monument that was targeted by demonstrators protesting the death of George Floyd to be taken … The monument was dismantled and removed in 2020. He watched as the crowd spray-painted monuments and chipped away at a 52-foot-tall Confederate statue at the park’s entrance. A statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that has represented Virginia in the U.S. Capitol for 111 years has been removed.Virginia Gov. A statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that has represented Virginia in the U.S. Capitol for 111 years has been removed. Removing them from public space, she said, gives people an opportunity to heal and move forward. The statue was the target of protests Sunday night following peaceful weekend protests in the city after last week’s killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis. The statue was the target of protests Sunday night following peaceful weekend protests in the city after last week’s killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis. A man walks past the toppled statue of Charles Linn, who was in the Confederate Navy, in Birmingham's Linn Park, on Monday. LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Military Institute removed a prominent statue of Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson on Monday, a project initiated this fall after allegations of systemic racism roiled the public college. On Sunday in Birmingham, 24 people were arrested, 14 businesses burglarized, 12 businesses sustained significant damage and 22 fire calls to which Birmingham Fire and Rescue responded, five of which were commercial, the city said. NBC News. In Mobile, officials recently announced they moved their Confederate statue to the History Museum of Mobile. . In Texas, officials took down a statue honoring a Texas Ranger captain who was in charge of the law enforcement agency when it was sent to prevent a school desegregating in 1957. However, “In the aftermath of [Sunday] night’s violent outbreak, I have offered the City of Birmingham the support and resources of my office to restore peace to the city.”. Historian Hilary Green touches the spot where a plaque once commemorated the UDC Boulder on the UA campus. Some images below contain graphic language. BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Workers in Alabama’s largest city began removing a Confederate monument Monday night after demonstrators failed to knock down the obelisk the night before. See which ones are being taken down. Existing procedures and precedents actually allow the statues to be removed almost immediately. Attorney General Steve Marshall said he has been in contact with Birmingham officials about plans to remove the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors monument from Birmingham… They were dedicated in 1933. Birmingham breaks state law and REMOVES Confederate Soldiers and Sailors statue 'to prevent more civil unrest' after protesters tried to tear it down in … “I feel like I’m a witness to history that I read about, I write about and talk about,” Green said. Protesters pull down statue in Birmingham. Here's what we know. Ducey calls for ‘public process’ to decide fate of Confederate monument at state Capitol. A statue of Confederate leader Stonewall Jackson is removed … What are some of the structures that uphold the system?”. Construction crews remove Birmingham’s Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument from Linn Park on Monday evening after the start of the city wide curfew. “I understand the A.G.’s office can bring a civil suit against the city, and if there’s a judgment rendered from a judge then we should be held accountable, and I am willing to accept that because that is a lower cost than civil unrest in our city.”. Photo via BhamWiki Okay, let’s do some math. The statue's installation at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War is expected to be completed by the fall of 2021. Birmingham in 1906, facing down 20th Street North. The citywide curfew will be implemented until further notice, the mayor said. Green said if the community agrees, it is OK to put a Confederate symbol in a museum or archive. Birmingham, Ala., officials opened up the process of removing a Confederate memorial in a vote Wednesday. Huge Confederate flag near Tampa removed after protesters threaten to burn it down. 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