Historical statues that have come down in recent months: A list

Some have been vandalized and removed, others were taken down out of concern that they represent racism, injustice

Rio Arriba County workers remove the bronze statue of Spanish conquerer Juan de Oate from its pedestal in front of a cultural center in Alcalde, N.M., Monday, June 15, 2020. Crowds of people for and against the removal lined Highway 68 near of the center. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

Statues that have stood for years -- and in some cases, decades -- have been top of mind all across the country since mid-2020, as protests started, following the deaths of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks.

Some statues were vandalized, while other statues depicting Confederate leaders or Christopher Columbus were outright removed out of concern that they represented racism and injustice.

Here is a list of notable statues that have come down, according to The Hill.


Albany, N.Y. - The statue of Maj. Gen. Philip Schuyler in front of City Hall was ordered to be removed by Mayor Kathy Sheehan, who noted Schuyler was reportedly the largest slave owner in Albany.

Albuquerque, N.M. - The city of Albuquerque removed the statue of conquistador Juan de Onate.

Alexandria, Va. - “Appomattox,” a 131-year-old Confederate statue depicting a southern-facing Civil War soldier, was removed from an intersection June 2.

Birmingham, Ala. - A statue of Confederate officer Charles Linn was taken down by protestors on June 2. In addition, Mayor Randal Woofin agreed to remove an obelisk formerly known as the Confederate Sailors and Soldiers Monument, according to NPR.


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