Richmond Protestors Target City’s Confederate History
Richmond protestors targeted the city’s history as the former capital of the Confederacy, condemning the killing of George Floyd.
- The statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was left covered in phrases “No More White Supremacy,” “Blood On Your Hands” and “Black Lives Matter.”
- Stonewall Jackson and president of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis, are among other memorials that were defaced during protests.
- According to The Washington Post, the United Daughters of the Confederacy headquarters was set on fire early this morning but was extinguished by Richmond firefighters.
- Other southern states have experienced similar protesting. Protestors in Charleston spray-painted the Confederate Defenders statue with “BLM” and “traitors” while “spiritual genocide” and blood-red handprints covered a Confederate monument at the University of Mississippi.
Mayor Levar Stoney (D) has made efforts towards removing Richmond’s Civil War monuments. Though none have been removed, the city revealed “a soaring bronze figure of a 21st-century African American man in dreadlocks atop a horse,” “Rumors of War,” by Kehinde Wiley.