A list of the statues across the US toppled, vandalized or officially removed amid protests
Protests over the killing of George Floyd have led to the removal of historical statues across the U.S.
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.
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.
Here are the places where statues and monuments have been toppled, vandalized or slated for removal by government officials.
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. Sheehan noted that Schuyler was reportedly the largest slave owner in Albany.
A statue was found vandalized on June 14 after a petition was created requesting its removal. The statue depicts Don Juan de Oñate and other conquistadors leading the Spaniards through “New Spain.”
A 131-year-old Confederate statue was removed from an intersection on June 2. The statue, named “Appomattox,” depicted a southern-facing Civil War soldier. The statue was originally planned for removal in July, but it was removed a month earlier due to the many statues that have been vandalized, The Washington Post reported.
Protesters toppled a statue of Confederate officer Charles Linn on June 2. Additionally, Mayor Randall Woofin (D) agreed to remove an obelisk formally known as the Confederate Sailors and Soldiers Monument, NPR reported.
The George Washington statue in Washington Park was found vandalized on June 14. The statue could be seen spray painted, and it had a white hood placed on its head.
College Station, Texas
A statue of Confederate general Lawrence Sullivan Ross was vandalized on the evening of 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 Texas Ranger statue, named One Riot, One Ranger, was removed from Love Field airport on June 11. According to city officials, the decision was made by the Office of Arts and Culture and the airport.
A statue of Orville Hubbard, the late mayor of Dearborn, was taken down on June 5. “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.
El Paso, Texas
A statue depicting Don Juan de Onate was vandalized on June 11. The statue is in the entrance of El Paso International Airport.
A slave auction block was removed on June 12. The block was the subject of controversy in the city as the phrase “move that block” became a popular chant during the protests.
The Confederate monument in downtown Huntsville was vandalized by protesters on June 9.
On June 8, the city began removing a monument that memorialized Confederate prisoners of war. “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. “We must name these instances of discrimination and never forget our past – but we should not honor them.”
A statue of John Breckenridge Castleman, a Confederate officer, was removed from a Louisville square on June 8.
Madison County, Ala.
The Madison County Commission approved the removal of a Confederate statue outside the courthouse in downtown Huntsville. The resolution stated that the statue will be relocated to “an appropriate location.”
Protesters vandalized the statues of Christopher Columbus and Juan Ponce de Leon on June 10, spray painting a hammer and sickle, Black Lives Matter fists and more. Miami Police arrested seven suspects.
Mayor Sandy Stimpson (R) ordered the removal of a statue depicting Confederate Admiral Raphael Semmes on June 4. The statue was removed the following day and placed in “a secure location,” Stimpson said.
A statue of Robert E. Lee was torn down by four protesters at the high school of the same name. The protesters were originally charged with the first degree of criminal mischief, however the charges were dropped on June 11.
Mount Pleasant, S.C.
On June 3, police found a monument in a historic Confederate Cemetery vandalized. Several symbols were spray painted on the monument, such as a swastika and “USA” written on the side.
A statue of politician Edward Carmack was toppled on May 30 outside the state Capitol, The Associated Press reported. Carmack was known for criticizing the writings of Tennessee civil rights journalist Ida B. Wells.
A Confederate monument at the University of Mississippi was allegedly vandalized by a public school teacher on May 30. The words “spiritual genocide” were spray painted on the statue along with red hand prints.
A statue of the late Mayor Frank Rizzo was removed 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 Christopher Columbus was vandalized on June 12. It was reportedly vandalized multiple times before the recent protests.
Four Confederate statues were beheaded by protesters on June 10. 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. “We can repair a monument, but we cannot bring back a life.”
A school teacher and two others were arrested after they allegedly vandalized a statue of Columbus on June 13. All three suspects were charged with desecration of a grave/monument and conspiracy.
Protesters vandalized a Confederate statue at the state Capitol on June 10. The group, known as Raleigh United, has since added a golden plaque honoring George Floyd.
Protesters took down three statues in Richmond. On June 6, a statue of Confederate Gen. Williams Carter Wickham was toppled by protesters. On June 10, a statue depicting former Confederate President Jefferson Davis was torn down. That same day, a statue of Christopher Columbus was taken down and thrown into a nearby lake.
Rocky Mount, N.C.
The city council voted to remove a Confederate monument on June 8. The city plans to remove more Confederate monuments.
State lawmakers announced on June 17 that statues of Christopher Columbus and Queen Isabella would be removed from the Capitol rotunda.
“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.
Saint Paul, Minn.
Protesters tore down a statue of Columbus outside the state Capitol. A video shows protesters wrapping a rope around the statue’s neck and pulling it down.
The Robert E. Lee statue at Antietam National Battlefield and “Old Slave Block” in the town were vandalized on June 2.
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