The Statues Brought Down Since the George Floyd Protests Began (27 photos)

In the widespread protests that followed the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police on May 25, statues and memorials to Confederate soldiers and generals were vandalized or torn down. Some of the many statues to Christopher Columbus were targeted as well, as voices rose against historic and systemic racism and oppression. State and local governments then began acting to remove even more Confederate statues from public places. Collected below, images of just some of the dozens of statues that have been toppled, defaced, or slated for removal across the U.S. over the past month.


Work crews prepare to remove the statue of confederate general Stonewall Jackson in Richmond, Virginia, on July 1, 2020. Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney has ordered the immediate removal of all Confederate statues in the city, saying he was using his emergency powers to speed up the healing process for the former capital of the Confederacy amid weeks of protests over police brutality and racial injustice.

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Steve Helber / AP)

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