Posted on June 5, 2020, 11:37 AM IST
Post the custodial killing of George Floyd, Confederacy statues are coming down all across the country. These memorials, a living reminder of the United States's difficult and contested history with slavery, first began coming down after a white supremacist killed nine black people at a Bible study in a church in South Carolina in 2015.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has announced plans to remove one of the country's premier monuments to the Confederacy, a statue of Robert E. Lee along Richmond's prominent Monument Avenue. The Lee statue is one of five Confederate monuments along Monument Avenue, a prestigious residential street and National Historic Landmark district in Richmond, the former capital of the Confederacy.
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney announced plans to seek the removal of the other Confederate monuments along Monument Avenue, which include statues of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Confederate Gens. Stonewall Jackson and J.E.B. Stuart. Those statues sit on city land, unlike the Lee statue, which is on state property.
Indianapolis will remove from a park a monument dedicated to Confederate soldiers who died at a Union prison camp in the city, Mayor Hogsett announced Thursday. The grave monument, which was relocated to Garfield Park nearly a century ago from its original location in a cemetery, will be dismantled by contractors in the coming days, Mayor Joe Hogsett said. "Our streets are filled with voices of anger and anguish, testament to centuries of racism directed at Black Americans," Hogsett said in a news release. "We must name these instances of discrimination and never forget our past but we should not honor them." This means an end of the era for Confedrate memorials.
Meanwhile, all four officers are arrested and put on trial, they were initially fired and Chauvin was initially charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The three other officers involved were not immediately charged, spurring calls from protesters and Floyd's family for them to also face criminal charges.