Duke University authorized the removal of a statue of General Robert E. Lee from the front of his chapel on the Saturday after that the students will make it very clear that they no longer want the Confederate monument.
Vincent Price, president of Duke University, said on the university's website that he made the decision with "strong support from the Board of Trustees" after the monument was erased on Wednesday.
"I took this course of action to protect Duke Chapel, to ensure the vital safety of the students and community members who worship there, and above all to express the deep and lasting values of our university," said Price in the publication of the Saturday.
The University of Durham, North Carolina, seems destined to follow other institutions and relocate its monument. The monument will be "preserved" in some capacity, Price said, "so that students can study Duke's past complex and participate in a more inclusive future."
Last Saturday, one person died and several others were injured during a "Unite the Right" rally around a statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Not that the Confederate General Lee himself wanted the statue.)
The violent event unleashed a national storm that led to the overthrow of a Confederate monument in front of a Durham court on Monday.
On Saturday, Boston prepares for its own rally called "alt-right," while police prepare for thousands of counter-demonstrators and, possibly, white supremacist typhus that were seen in Charlottesville over the weekend.
Before the event, a memorial to the Holocaust was shattered in Boston on Monday night, the second act of vandalism against that monument this summer.
In the two years since the white supremacist and confederate flag Dylann Roof massacred nine black parishioners in a church in South Carolina, the movement to eliminate confederate symbols of public property has gained momentum.
So far, more than 60 confederate symbols have been removed from land owned by the city and state throughout the United States. UU., According to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Recently, the city of New Orleans overthrew four statues in honor of the Confederation.