Skeletons: We all have them. Some succeed at keeping their skeletons locked tightly in the closet, while others display them in broad daylight for the world to see. America’s troubled past was in the spotlight after protests regarding a Confederate statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, took an ugly and unfortunately deadly turn.
The Southern Poverty Law Center estimates there are at least 718 Confederate statues and monuments spread across the United States. Current events have triggered many states to re-examine their own monuments and start the controversial process of removing statues linked to the Confederacy. But the organization notes only nine have been removed since April 2016, demonstrating the long and political process erasing history entails.
Regardless, many states continue to push forward with their attempts to remove divisive statues. Here are 15 states that have removed monuments — or have plans to them in the near future.
The University of Texas at Austin removed four campus statues during a covert nighttime operation “for public safety and to cause the least disruption to the university community.” In response to protests, the university removed Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Albert Sidney Johnston, Confederate cabinet member John Reagan, and Texas’ 20th governor James Stephen Hogg. They also removed a statue of Jefferson Davis in 2015.
In addition, city officials in both Houston and Dallas have ordered inventory of all Confederate statues located in public parks for future removal consideration. The special task force in Dallas has been met with opposition from residents who believe the monuments “tell an important story and help heal racial wounds.”
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