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Confederate monuments vandalized across the South during George Floyd protests

Simone Jasper, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) on

Published in News & Features

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Confederate monuments were vandalized in at least six Southern states as protests erupted over the death of George Floyd.

Floyd, a black man, died last week when a now-arrested Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes before he died.

His death prompted people across the country to call for justice and an end to police brutality in protests that were mostly peaceful, McClatchy reported. The violence and "looting" is being done by much smaller groups at the mostly peaceful gatherings, authorities told ABC News.

Demonstrators also marred some symbols of the Confederacy, which have long drawn contention, news outlets reported.

In Alabama, the city of Birmingham on Monday started to take down its Confederate Soldiers & Sailors Monument, which had stood over the city for 115 years, McClatchy reported. The removal process came after protesters this weekend toppled a similar statue in the city's Linn Park.

In other parts of the region, statues and structures were left defaced.

 

In Virginia, "No More White Supremacy" and "Black Lives Matter" were among the messages scrawled on the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond, The Washington Post reported.

Nearby, a fire was set at the United Daughters of the Confederacy headquarters early Sunday morning, according to the newspaper. The Richmond Fire Department on Twitter said it responded to the area and put out flames on the exterior of a building.

In the same state, a photo from The Virginian-Pilot appears to show toilet paper and graffiti strewn across a Confederate monument in Norfolk.

Scrawled messages were found on similar statues this weekend in Charleston, S.C., and Chattanooga, Tenn., The Associated Press reported. A suspect was arrested in connection with vandalism at the University of Mississippi, according to The Oxford Eagle.

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