At least 26 Confederate-era monuments have been taken down around the U.S following the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12, which started when white nationalists opposing the removal of a statue of General Robert E. Lee clashed with counter-protesters, USA Today reports.
The University of Texas at Austin removed four statues of Confederate-era figures from the main campus grounds this past Monday, including ones of Robert E. Lee, Albert Sidney Johnston, John Reagan and James Stephen Hogg.
Additional removals happened in Daytona Beach, St. Petersburg and Gainesville in Florida, Brooklyn and New York City, Franklin and Worthington in Ohio, San Diego and Los Angeles in California, Baltimore and Annapolis in Maryland, Helena, Mont., and Madison.
President Donald Trump following the Charlottesville rally called the removal of the slavery-linked artifacts “beautiful statues” and said the moves were “foolish”. Cities, towns and villages across the country have been removing monuments to Confederate war figures amid anger that they glorify people fighting to maintain slavery.
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