While many municipalities in the US have begun removing monuments to the Confederacy in light of the violent demonstration by white supremacists in the This past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, Americans in some places are taking matters into their own hands.
In several cities where officials have failed to take steps to remove monuments honoring those who fought to preserve slavery during the Civil War, citizens have
This is where protesters are doing his objection to the Confederation celebrations loud and clear.
Monday night, protesters in Durham, North Carolina, tore down a 15-foot statue depicting an armed Confederate soldier. The memorial, which had stood in front of the Old Durham County Courthouse for decades, included the inscription "In memory of the children who wore gray" with a Confederate seal.
Police arrested four people in connection with vandalism.
One of them, Takiyah Thompson, a 22-year-old student who admitted participating, was showered with support online. He could face 25 months and 41 months in prison for each felony charge related to vandalism.
The protesters' actions occurred on the same day that President Donald Trump said there were "very good people" among the white supremacist protesters in Charlottesville.
Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway Monument near Phoenix
The Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway Monument in the East Valley, part of the greater Phoenix area, was tarred and feathered, Fox 10 reported Thursday.
The monument is named after Jefferson Davis, the first and only president of the Confederate States of America.
Statue of Robert E. Lee in Durham
A statue depicting Robert Confederate Gen. E. Lee outside a chapel at Duke University was defaced sometime overnight, a university spokesman said Thursday. .
The face of the statue was damaged in the attack and its nose was removed.
The university convicted persons acting on their own.
“The fact that one person or group of people takes action and vandalishes a house of worship undermines the right, protected in our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion, of every Duke student and employee to participate fully in college life, ”Duke President Vince Price said in a statement. To that end, earlier this week I began consulting with students, teachers, alumni, and others about the ways we can use this topic to teach, learn, and heal. Together, and only together, we will determine an appropriate course of action based on our collective values. ”
Statue of the Confederate soldier in Wilmington, North Carolina
A Confederate monument was vandalized twice in Wilmington, North Carolina, earlier this week, police said.
On Tuesday, officers found that a white flag had been hung from the gun of a statue representing a Confederate soldier and that his head and feet had been spray painted, reported WECT 6, a local NBC affiliate.
On Wednesday, officers discovered a rope tied around the statue's neck. Officers believe the rope had been tied to a vehicle as part of an attempt to tear down the monument, the station reported.
Statue of a Confederate soldier in Leesburg, Virginia
A statue of a Confederate soldier in Leesburg, Virginia, was
The vandals also left a graffiti message on the bronze monument that read "You lost "reports The Washington Post.
The 109-year-old statue in Leesburg, which is about 100 miles from Charlottesville, has long been controversial, the Loudoun Times-Mirror noted Thursday.
Former Leesburg Mayor Kristen Umstattd, who now sits on the county's board of supervisors, told the newspaper that she was not surprised that residents attacked in this way.
"You always hope that nobody destroys any statue, building or fence," he said. “But given how intense the emotions are right now, I think especially in reaction to the president's shameful failure to condemn the Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan and the white supremacists, I think you will see more of this frustration erupt in the South, the Midwest, wherever these Confederate monuments still stand. ”
Sebastian Murdock contributed to the report.