Appomattox: Controversial confederate statue removed in historic Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

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Appomattox: Controversial confederate statue removed in historic Old Town Alexandria, Virginia


The memorial was erected in 1889 to honor Confederate soldiers from the Virginia city and stands with its arms crossed and back to the north. It is one of many controversial Confederate monuments nationwide that has faced repeated demands for removal.
Crews in historic Old Town Alexandria are seen removing a bronze statue of a Confederate soldier named "Appomattox."
Alexandria’s Mayor, Justin Wilson, tweeted photos of the statue’s removal Tuesday morning saying, “Alexandria, like all great cities, is constantly changing and evolving.”

A spokesperson for the city told CNN in a statement that “the owner of the statue (United Daughters of the Confederacy) notified the City yesterday that they would remove the statue this morning.”

Confederate monuments haunt American democracy

The United Daughters of the Confederacy could not be immediately reached for comment.

The symbolic removal comes after the seventh straight night of peaceful and violent protests in cities across the country over the death of George Floyd and police brutality.





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