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More Confederate and Racist Statues Fall Across the Country

HeadlineJun 22, 2020

Statues to Confederates, colonizers and other racist historical figures continue to fall. In Raleigh, North Carolina, protesters used ropes to pull two statues from a monument to Confederate soldiers outside of the state Capitol building Friday. In San Francisco, protesters tore down monuments to Francis Scott Key, who composed the U.S. national anthem, and Junípero Serra, an 18th century Spanish priest who oversaw a mission that enslaved, tortured and murdered Indigenous people. They also toppled a statue of Union army general and U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant, who once held a person in slavery. In Washington, D.C., protesters toppled a statue of Confederate General Albert Pike and set it on fire. And here in New York, the Museum of Natural History says it’s removing a statue of President Theodore Roosevelt, who is depicted riding on a horse above an Indigenous person and enslaved person on either side of him.

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