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4 months ago

Confederate monuments spark debate about how cities remember their history

Confederate monuments continue to spark controversy. Over 2,000 Confederate memorials are still in place across the country, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
4 months ago
The Confederate Memorial Carving at Stone Mountain Park on October 15, 2022, in Stone Mountain, Georgia.
5 months ago

Confederate monuments spark debate about how cities remember their history

Over 2,000 Confederate memorials are still in place across the country.
5 months ago
Over 2,000 Confederate memorials are still in place across the country.
1 year ago

Meet the man behind the Virginia Confederate statue removal

During the 2020 boiling point of racial tension in America, Devon Henry and his team were contracted to remove Confederate statues in the South. ABC News’ Ike Ejiochi reports.
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VIDEO: Meet the man behind the Virginia Confederate statue removal
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Meet the man behind the Virginia Confederate statue removal

During the 2020 boiling point of racial tension in America, Devon Henry and his team were contracted to remove Confederate statues in the South. ABC News’ Ike Ejoichi reports.
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VIDEO: Meet the man behind the Virginia Confederate statue removal
1 year ago

Fort Hood renamed after Hispanic 4-star general

Gen. Richard Edward Cavazos was the first Hispanic four-star general in the Army.
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Richard E. Cavazos circa 1982 as commanding general of the U.S. Army Forces Command.
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Richmond removes last Confederate statue

The city of Richmond, Virginia, hopes to donate the monument to a Black history museum.
1 year ago
The city of Richmond, Virginia, hopes to donate the monument to a Black history museum.
1 year ago

Richmond's last Confederate statue removed; dispute over relocation continues

Confederate Gen. A.P. Hill's statue was removed Monday morning, Richmond’s deputy chief administrative officer, Robert Steidel, said
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Workers begin to lay the bronze statue of Confederate General A.P. Hill onto a flatbed truck, Dec. 12, 2022, in Richmond, Va.
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Virginia opens time capsule found under Confederate statue

The state's archeological conservator opened a 130-year-old copper box that was discovered underneath the former Robert E. Lee monument in Richmond to find artifacts dating back to the mid-1800s.
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VIDEO: Virginia opens time capsule found under confederate statue
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Another time capsule found in Robert E. Lee monument

This is the second time capsule found in the pedestal of the Lee statue that historical reports say could contain prized artifacts.
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Governor Ralph Northam announced the discovery of what is believed to be the authentic time capsule from the Robert E. Lee monument in Richmond, Va., via Twitter on Dec. 27, 2021.
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130-year-old time capsule unearthed

Conservators in Virginia opened a time capsule that was buried in 1887 and found a host of historical items.
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VIDEO: 130-year-old time capsule unearthed
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Inside the second 1887 Virginia time capsule

Historians opened a capsule over 130 years old that was discovered in the pedestal of the Robert E. Lee monument in Richmond, Virginia.
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Historians opened a capsule over 130 years old that was discovered in the pedestal of the Robert E. Lee monument in Richmond, Virginia.
2 years ago

Another time capsule found in Robert E. Lee monument in Virginia

There are rumors that it contains a prized photograph of former President Abraham Lincoln's casket.
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There are rumors that it contains a prized photograph of former President Abraham Lincoln's casket.
2 years ago

What's inside that 1887 time capsule opened in Confederacy's capital

An 1887 time capsule was opened in Richmond, Virginia, Wednesday after being unearthed from the base of the now-removed statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee.
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Conservator for the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, Chelsea Blake, works to open a time capsule that was removed form the pedestal that once held the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, Dec. 22, 2021, in Richmond, Va.
2 years ago

1887 time capsule found under Robert E. Lee statue opened

A time capsule estimated to be more than 130 years old, unearthed from the base of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, was opened Wednesday in Richmond, Virginia.
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A time capsule estimated to be more than 130 years old, unearthed from the base of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, was opened Wednesday in Richmond, Virginia.
2 years ago

Pedestal from Robert E. Lee statue in Virginia to be removed

The land on which the pedestal sits will be transferred from state ownership to the city of Richmond.
2 years ago
The land on which the pedestal sits will be transferred from state ownership to the city of Richmond.
3 years ago

State removes 12-ton Robert E. Lee statue

The governor ordered the removal of the state-owned statue in June 2020.
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The statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee is removed in Richmond, Va., Sept. 8, 2021, more than 130 years after it was erected.
3 years ago

By the Numbers: The historic removal of Virginia’s Robert E. Lee statue

The 12-ton statue of Robert E. Lee was finally removed after more than a century of towering over Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia, the former capital of the Confederacy.
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VIDEO: By the Numbers: The historic removal of Virginia’s Robert E. Lee statue
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Virginia takes down 12-ton Robert E. Lee statue from state capital

The giant six-story monument on Richmond's Monument Avenue was erected in 1890.
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The giant six-story monument on Richmond's Monument Avenue was erected in 1890.
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Richmond, Virginia, removes controversial Robert E. Lee statue after legal battle

The Confederate monument became a flashpoint in the state amid racial justice protests in the summer of 2020.
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VIDEO: Richmond, Virginia, removes controversial Robert E. Lee statue after legal battle
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Crowd gathers in Virginia to witness removal of Robert E. Lee statue

A statue of the Confederate general Robert E. Lee was removed from its pedestal in Richmond, Virginia on Wednesday.
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A statue of the Confederate general Robert E. Lee was removed from its pedestal in Richmond, Virginia on Wednesday.
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State to remove 12-ton Robert E. Lee statue

A giant statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond, Virginia, will be removed this week.
3 years ago
A giant statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond, Virginia, will be removed this week.
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Robert E. Lee statue removed in Charlottesville

Workers hoisted the statue off its pedestal along with a statue of Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson.
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VIDEO: Robert E. Lee statue removed in Charlottesville
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Charlottesville removes Confederate statues

Two bronze Confederate statues at the center of yearslong debate in Charlottesville, Virginia, were removed Saturday.
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Workers remove the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Market Street Park in Charlottesville, Va., July 10, 2021.  The statue was at the center of a white nationalist rally in 2017.
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Charlottesville takes down statue of Robert E. Lee

After a yearslong debate, a statue of the Confederate general was removed from Market Street Park in Charlottesville, Virginia.
3 years ago
After a yearslong debate, a statue of the Confederate general was removed from Market Street Park in Charlottesville, Virginia.
3 years ago

Charlottesville unanimously votes to remove Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson statues

Two Confederate statues will be out of public spaces after Charlottesville leaders voted for their removal.
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A statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is seen in Market Street Park, April 1, 2021, in Charlottesville, Va.
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'Should (not) honor ... those who fought for slavery and treason': West Point prof.

Martha Raddatz takes a closer look at the military's renaming of bases named for Confederate generals.
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VIDEO: 'Should (not) honor ... those who fought for slavery and treason': West Point prof.
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Luke Combs apologizes for past use of Confederate flag

Luke Combs spoke out about his past usage of the Confederate flag during this year’s Country Radio Seminar.
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Country music artist Luke Combs speaks in the press room at the 53rd CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 13, 2019.
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New York bans sale of Confederate flag, other hate symbols on state property

New York state will no longer sell the Confederate flag or other symbols of hate at state fairs or other state buildings.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks to members of New York state's Electoral College before voting for President and Vice President in the Assembly Chamber at the state Capitol, Dec. 14, 2020.
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Virginia Military Institute removes Confederate statue from campus

The statue of Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson was relocated from campus to a nearby Civil War museum following October allegations of racism on campus.
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VIDEO: Virginia Military Institute removes Confederate statue from campus
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Statue of Confederate General relocated from the Virginia Military Institute campus

The Virginia Military Institute removed the statue of Gen. “Stonewall” Jackson.
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Crews prepare to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson from the campus of the Virginia Military Institute on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, in Lexington, Va.
4 years ago

Petition to replace Confederate memorial with statue of Chadwick Boseman

A petition with more than 17,000 online signatures calls for a Confederate memorial in Boseman’s hometown of Anderson, South Carolina, to be removed and replaced by the late “Black Panther” star.
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VIDEO: Petition to replace Confederate memorial with statue of Chadwick Boseman
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Fans want a Chadwick Boseman statue to replace a Confederate monument in his hometown

Fans want a Chadwick Boseman statue to replace a Confederate monument in his South Carolina hometown.
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Chadwick Boseman arrives to the 91st Academy Awards in Los Angeles, Feb. 24, 2019.
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School changes Confederate name to honor local black heroes

A Virginia middle school is changing its name to Unity Braxton in honor of a family who fought for civil rights.
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VIDEO:  School changes Confederate name to honor local black heroes
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Judge drops one injunction against Robert E. Lee statue removal

The legal battle over the Richmond Robert E. Lee statue's future had a major development as a judge dropped one of the injunctions issued against its removal.
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The statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee stands in the middle of a traffic circle on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Va., June 27, 2017.
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Robert E. Lee removed from state house, high school name

As the courts decide the fate of a controversial Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond, state leaders removed a bust of the Confederate leader from the Capitol.
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Workmen haul away a bust of Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson past the statue of Robert E. Lee in the Old House Chamber inside the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond, Va., July 23, 2020. All busts and plaques relating to the Confederacy were removed.
4 years ago

Chicago mayor orders the dismounting of 2 Christopher Columbus statues

One of the statues was attempted to get removed by protesters in "an extremely dangerous manner," Mayor Lori Lightfoot said.
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Crew members remove the Christopher Columbus statue from the Grant Park in Chicago, July 24, 2020.
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House overwhelmingly approves bill to remove Confederate statues, controversial bust

House overwhelmingly voted to approve legislation that would remove statues honoring figures who were part of the Confederacy from the U.S. Capitol.
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A marble bust of Chief Justice Roger Taney is displayed in the Old Supreme Court Chamber in the U.S. Capitol in Washington. The House will vote on whether to remove the bust of Taney, the author of the 1857 Dred Scott decision that declared African Americans couldn't™be citizens.
4 years ago

House approves bill to remove Confederate statues

"This is an action we will take...of principle and conviction," top Dem says.
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"This is an action we will take...of principle and conviction," top Dem says.
4 years ago

Historians debate America's history of racism and Confederate monuments

On the heels of the death of George Floyd, protesters have dismounted several statues around the world after learning the history of the person the art depicts.
4 years ago
A statue of Confederate General Albert Pike lays on the ground after being toppled near Judiciary Square following a day of Juneteenth celebrations in Washington, DC, June 20, 2020.
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Defense Secretary Esper effectively bans Confederate flag from US military bases

Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Friday issued a directive that effectively bans displays of the Confederate flag at all U.S. military bases.
4 years ago
A Confederate flag supporter arrives at the South Carolina Statehouse on July 10, 2017 in Columbia, S.C.
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The debate over controversial statues and monuments

Controversial statues are being removed amid worldwide civil rights protests, but there is some disagreement about what to do with them.
4 years ago
Controversial statues are being removed amid worldwide civil rights protests, but there is some disagreement about what to do with them.
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Robert E. Lee's descendant says taking down Confederate symbols a 'no-brainer'

"White supremacy and racism have been the basis for the celebration of that flag for a long time," he said.
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Rev. Robert Lee IV is the great-great-great-nephew of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
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Georgia activists renew calls to remove 'granddaddy of Confederate monuments'

Georgia activists seek to remove 'Stone Mountain', the "granddaddy of Confederate monuments."
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A carving depicting Confederate Civil War figures Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis, in Stone Mountain, Ga.
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Justin Timberlake calls for Confederate statues to be removed in Tennessee

"If we plan to move forward, these monuments must come down," Timberlake wrote.
4 years ago
Justin Timberlake attends the 2019 Songwriters Hall Of Fame Gala at The New York Marriott Marquis on June 13, 2019 in New York City.
4 years ago

Descendants weigh in on Confederate statue debate

ABC's Lionel Moise spoke with the descendants of Robert E. Lee and Thomas Jefferson about the debate over statues and monuments raging across the country.
4 years ago
This June 25, 2020, file photo shows a Mississippi state flag flying outside the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. Mississippi will surrender the Confederate battle emblem from its state flag, more than a century after white supremacist legislators embedded it there a generation after the South lost the Civil War. Mississippi's House and Senate voted in succession Sunday, June 28, 2020, to retire the flag, with broad bipartisan support. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves has said he will sign the bill, and the state flag would lose its official status as soon as he signs the measure.
4 years ago

Walmart donates $100K to replace state's Confederate-linked statues

The new statues will be of Johnny Cash and civil rights activist Daisy Bates.
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Signage is displayed outside of the Wal-Mart Stores Inc. headquarters building in Bentonville, Arkansas, July 29, 2015.
4 years ago

One Ohio mayor has statue of Christopher Columbus removed from outside city hall

The 22-foot-tall monument was lifted onto a flatbed after it was ordered to be removed Columbus, Ohio's mayor.
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VIDEO: One Ohio mayor has statue of Christopher Columbus removed from outside city hall
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DOJ arrests man for alleged vandalism of Andrew Jackson statue

Federal prosecutors have charged another individual allegedly involved in vandalizing the statue of former President Andrew Jackson in Washington, D.C.'s Lafayette Park.
4 years ago
The word "Killer" is seen on the statue of U.S. President Andrew Jackson across from the White House a day after racial inequality protesters attempted to tear down the statue in Washington, D.C., June 23, 2020.
4 years ago

Study should proceed on renaming military bases: Sen. Tim Scott

Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., on ABC's Powerhouse Politics.
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Senator Tim Scott adjusts his face mask as he listens to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speak to reporters after the Senate Republicans weekly policy lunch on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 23, 2020.
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Robert E Lee’s descendent wants Confederate statues removed

Rev. Robert Lee IV, descendent of Robert E. Lee said: “If I can change, you can too.”
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VIDEO: Robert E Lee’s descendent wants Confederate statues removed