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RFK Jr. Has Some Thoughts on Confederate Statues

Says he has 'visceral reaction' to their removal: 'Values change throughout history'

(Newser) - The destruction of a Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Confederate monument at the center of the 2017 "Unite the Right" rally, led to cheers from some and boos from others. Now, presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is weighing in on how he felt when the...

Mayor Removes Tribute to Women of Confederacy

Action conveys 'a belief in our shared humanity,' Jacksonville leader says

(Newser) - Crews removed a Confederate monument from a Jacksonville, Florida, park Wednesday morning following years of public debate. Mayor Donna Deegan ordered the removal of the "Tribute to the Women of the Southern Confederacy" monument, which has been in Springfield Park since 1915. She said the decision is not an...

Court Rejects Plea to Keep Confederate Memorial

Judge finds nearby graves aren't being disturbed and questions statue's message

(Newser) - A federal judge on Tuesday allowed Arlington National Cemetery to remove a century-old Confederate memorial one day after blocking the removal over a report that gravesites were disturbed. At a hearing in Alexandria, Virginia, US District Judge Rossie Alston said he issued the temporary injunction Monday after receiving an urgent...

Judge Wants Hearing Before Arlington Statue Comes Down

Republican lawmakers object to removal of Confederate monument

(Newser) - This file has been updated with the judge's order. A temporary restraining order is blocking the removal of a monument dedicated to Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery, at least until a court hearing considers the issue. US District Judge Rossie D. Alston Jr. made the decision Monday in...

Robert E. Lee Statue Meets Its Fate
Robert E. Lee Statue
Meets Its Fate

Robert E. Lee Statue Meets Its Fate

Monument formerly in Charlottesville is destroyed in relatively secret fashion

(Newser) - A statue of Robert E. Lee that stoked much controversy in Charlottesville, Virginia , is no longer a statue. As the Washington Post and NPR reveal, the monument to the Confederate general has been melted down. The plan now is for the resulting bronze ingots to be turned into an as-yet...

Confederate Statues Aren't the Only Ones Coming Down

Homage to late German cardinal comes down days after new sex-abuse allegations

(Newser) - Confederate statues aren't the only ones being taken down: A statue of a deceased German cardinal was removed from its perch outside Essen Cathedral in western Germany on Monday, reports the AP , days after allegations of sexual abuse decades ago became public. The accusations against Cardinal Franz Hengsbach,...

West Point to Yank Robert E. Lee
West Point to
Yank Robert E. Lee

West Point to Yank Robert E. Lee

Portrait, bust will quietly be put in storage

(Newser) - Robert E. Lee was a noted West Point alumnus and served as its superintendent before he commanded the Confederate army during the Civil War, but his alma mater is using the current holiday break to scrub itself of his presence. As the Hill reports, the United States Military Academy is...

City Takes Down Confederate Statue
City Takes Down
Confederate Statue

City Takes Down Confederate Statue

Gen. AP Hill monument is the last one owned by Richmond

(Newser) - The City of Richmond—the capital of the Confederacy for most of the Civil War—removed its last city-owned Confederate statue on Monday, more than two years after it began to purge itself of what many saw as painful symbols of racial oppression. It took just minutes to free the...

2nd Time Likely the Charm for Time Capsule Found in Robert E. Lee Statue
Books, Ammo Found in
Lee Statue Time Capsule

Books, Ammo Found in Lee Statue Time Capsule

This one was the right box, experts say

(Newser) - Update: Dozens of Civil War-era artifacts were recovered Tuesday from an 1887 time capsule found in a pedestal that once held a statue of Robert E. Lee in Richmond, Virginia. Conservators say they recovered books, buttons, Confederate money, and Minie balls, a type of ammunition, from the copper box, the...

With Removal of Statue Comes Rare Find
With Removal of Statue
Comes Rare Find

With Removal of Statue Comes Rare Find

Crews working to take down a Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond discovered a time capsule

(Newser) - Update: Inside the base of a Robert E. Lee statue recently taken down in Richmond, Virginia, were books and other texts, a coin, and an envelope. Conservators chipped the time capsule out of the granite box Tuesday, and preservationists unsealed it Wednesday, NPR reports. Inside, they found just a fraction...

Charlottesville Makes a Call on Its Robert E. Lee Statue

Monument will be melted down to be made into arts project by local nonprofit

(Newser) - It hasn't been clear what would happen to Charlottesville's Robert E. Lee statue, after it was hoisted off its stone pedestal in July, but the City Council has now made its decision: A local Black-led nonprofit will melt down the controversial Confederate monument and turn it into a...

Court Endorses Law Protecting Confederate Statues

Removal requires approval of Legislature

(Newser) - The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a state law preventing anyone from moving a Confederate monument or changing the historical name of a street or building without the Legislature's permission is legal. But in the same ruling, the AP reports, the justices struck down a requirement that...

Lee Statue Is Gone, but Search for 'Piece of History' Continues
Search for Time Capsule
in Lee Statue Is a Bust

Search for Time Capsule in Lee Statue Is a Bust

Crews in Richmond found no sign of the items from 1887

(Newser) - Update: They couldn't find it. Workers who dismantled the giant Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond, Va., struck out Thursday in their search for a time capsule thought to have been tucked into the pedestal more than a century ago, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch . It's possible, though unlikely,...

Trump Weighs In on Fallen Lee Statue

'Our culture is being destroyed'

(Newser) - As one might imagine, former President Trump was not pleased with Virginia's removal of a Robert E. Lee statue Wednesday. "To add insult to injury, those who support this ‘taking’ now plan to cut it into three pieces, and throw this work of art into storage prior...

One of Our Largest Remaining Statues to Confederacy Falls

Robert E. Lee removed from pedestal on which he stood in Richmond, Va.

(Newser) - Update: A statue of Robert E. Lee that stood in Richmond, Va., for 131 years has come down. The Times-Dispatch reports it was hoisted off its pedestal to cheers at 8:55am. The AP , which calls it one of America’s largest remaining monuments to the Confederacy, reports it will...

Bust of KKK Leader to Lose Its Home at Tennessee Capitol

Statue of Confederate general, slave trader Nathan Bedford Forrest headed to museum

(Newser) - A bust of Ku Klux Klan leader and Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest is coming down at the Tennessee Capitol. The State Building Commission gave a 5-2 approval Thursday to relocate the bust of the slave trader , installed in 1978, to the Tennessee State Museum, reports the Tennessean . Several attempts...

As the Statue Came Down in Charlottesville, Cheers

Monument to Robert E. Lee is removed from pedestal in Va. park

(Newser) - A Confederate monument that helped spark a violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., has been hoisted off its stone pedestal. Work to remove the statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee began early Saturday morning. Crews were also expected to take down a second Confederate monument for Lt. Gen. Thomas...

Statue That Sparked Violence in Charlottesville Coming Down

City removing tributes to Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson

(Newser) - A Confederate monument that helped spark a violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, will be taken down this weekend. The city said in a news release that the equestrian statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee as well as a nearby one of Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson...

House Votes to Remove Confederate Statues at Capitol

Measure now heads to the Senate

(Newser) - The House of Representatives on Tuesday voted 285-120 to remove Confederate statues from the US Capitol. Democrats voted unanimously for HR 3005, and 67 Republicans joined them, the AP reports. A statue of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, stands in Statuary Hall, and outside the Old Supreme Court Chamber...

Remains of Confederate General, Wife Being Exhumed

Bodies of Nathan Bedford Forrest, wife will be relocated

(Newser) - The Confederate general whose statue was already removed from a Memphis park will soon exit the park himself. Workers started the process Tuesday of digging up the bodies of Nathan Bedford Forrest and his wife, the AP reports. The graves will be moved to Tennessee's National Confederate Museum hundreds...

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