Confederate Monuments

Removing Confederate Monuments

Jun 29, 2020
A statue of a Confederate soldier was beheaded at Camp Chase Cemetery in Columbus in August 2017.
Esther Honig / WOSU

This episode originally aired on June 24, 2020.

The statue of Christopher Columbus at City Hall will be removed in response to calls against the glorification of the man who colonized the Americas at the expense and slaughter of thousands of Indigenous people.

Removing Confederate Monuments

Jun 24, 2020
A statue of a Confederate soldier was beheaded at Camp Chase Cemetery in Columbus in August 2017.
Esther Honig / WOSU

The statue of Christopher Columbus at City Hall will be removed in response to calls against the glorification of the man who colonized the Americas at the expense and slaughter of thousands of Indigenous people.

Updated at 3:46 p.m. ET

Members of Congress put themselves on a collision course with the White House on Thursday over the politics of America's Confederate legacy.

The Republican-led Senate Armed Services Committee adopted an amendment that would create a commission charged with renaming Army installations that bear Confederate names and removing their Confederate symbols.

A bipartisan team of House members, both veterans, proposed something similar.

Updated at 11:17 p.m. ET

New attention from people protesting police brutality and racial injustice is changing the way cities and campuses in the American South regard symbols of white supremacy. On Monday, Alabama's flagship state university took down memorials to Confederate soldiers. The University of Alabama removed plaques honoring students who served in the Confederate Army and student cadet corps.

Updated at 1:40 p.m. ET

Virginia will remove a statue honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in the city of Richmond "as soon as possible," Gov. Ralph Northam announced Thursday.

"Today, we're here to be honest about our past and talk about our future," Northam said, adding: "We have to confront where we've been in order to shape where we're going."

The statue will be placed into storage, where it will remain until government leaders and the community can discuss its future, according to the governor.

A statue of a Confederate soldier was beheaded at Camp Chase Cemetery in Columbus in August 2017.
Esther Honig / WOSU

After last year's deadly clash between white nationalists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, the federal government quietly spent millions of dollars to hire private security guards to stand watch over at least eight Confederate cemeteries, documents from the Department of Veterans Affairs show.

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A small monument honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that sparked debate and was removed after the white supremacist rally in Charlottesille, Va., is now displayed on private property in southwestern Ohio.

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The Ohio man accused of killing a woman when he plowed a car into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, now faces federal hate crime charges.

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to take up a case challenging the use of a Confederate emblem on the Mississippi state flag.

Carlos Moore, an African-American lawyer from Mississippi who petitioned the court, had argued in court documents that the flag, visible in state buildings, courts and schools, symbolically expresses support for white supremacy. The flag incorporates the Confederate battle flag in its upper left corner.

Robert E. Lee Monument Will Return To Warren County

Sep 28, 2017
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Officials in Franklin Township say a marker honoring Confederate General Robert E. Lee will be returned to its Warren County site during a re-dedication ceremony.

Statue of former Governor William Allen.
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Just last year, Ohio replaced one of the two statues representing the state in Congress’ Statuary Hall because of its subject’s views on slavery. The statue of Gov. William Allen, who served from 1874 to 1876, was replaced with one of Thomas Edison.

That Allen statue now sits in a city that’s also looking at how to weigh history against the push for change.

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Growing up in Middletown, I've known about the Robert E. Lee memorial in nearby Franklin for most of my life.

Last year, the Southern Poverty Law Center conducted a study on public symbols of the Confederacy. The center found more than 700 Confederate monuments on public land in the U.S. — with nearly 300 in Georgia, Virginia and North Carolina alone.

A statue of a Confederate soldier was beheaded at Camp Chase Cemetery in Columbus in August 2017.
Esther Honig / WOSU

Police say vandals damaged a Confederate soldier statue at Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery, which contains the graves of 2,200 soldiers who were prisoners of war.

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At least four Confederate commemorations have been taken down in Ohio, in response to last week's Charlottesville, Va., clash between white nationalist protesters and anti-racist counter-protestors that left three people dead.

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