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As the Statue Came Down in Charlottesville, Cheers

Monument to Robert E. Lee is removed from pedestal in Va. park

(Newser) - A Confederate monument that helped spark a violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., has been hoisted off its stone pedestal. Work to remove the statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee began early Saturday morning. Crews were also expected to take down a second Confederate monument for Lt. Gen. Thomas...

'Height Is Power,' and So Statue of Roosevelt Will Go

It has stood outside NYC's American Museum of Natural History since 1940

(Newser) - Visitors about to enter the American Museum of Natural History in New York will no longer be greeted by Theodore Roosevelt atop a horse with a Native American and African man by his side. In a unanimous Monday vote, the New York City Public Design Commission decided the controversial statue...

Museum Visitors Will Help Decide Fate of Statue

Likeness of slave trader Edward Colston was toppled last year in England

(Newser) - A statue of a 17th-century slave trader that was toppled during anti-racism protests in the English city of Bristol is being displayed in a museum, where visitors will be asked to help decide its fate, per the AP . The bronze likeness of Edward Colston was pulled from its pedestal and...

Cops: Man Tried to Illegally Sell 'Exceptional Work of Art' for $120K

Greek police believe 5th-century BC statue was taken from temple on or near Acropolis

(Newser) - A man has been arrested on suspicion of antiquities smuggling for trying to sell an ancient marble statue of "exceptional artwork" that once likely adorned a temple on Athens' famed Acropolis or the slopes around it, Greek authorities said Friday. Police said the fifth-century BC statue was recovered following...

Trump's 'Heroes' Garden Is a Bit Skimpy in One Respect

Proposed 'National Garden of American Heroes' is heavy on the guys, by a ratio of 4-to-1

(Newser) - On Monday, President Trump issued one of his final executive orders that calls for the establishment of a "National Garden of American Heroes," what Business Insider describes as a collection of "statues of an eclectic range of candidates" that Trump first mentioned last summer. (By "eclectic,...

Project Seeks New Approaches to Monuments
$250M Project
Rethinks Monuments

$250M Project Rethinks Monuments

Mellon Foundation donates $250M to telling a more inclusive history in public spaces

(Newser) - With monuments under attack that honor Confederates , Christopher Columbus and others whose records are being reconsidered, a $250 million project will look for new approaches to reflecting the nation's history. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation plans to reimagine existing monuments and develop new approaches to future installations, including statues,...

Say Hello to Slovenia's New Tribute to Melania

Torched wooden statue of first lady replaced with bronze near her hometown of Sevnica, Slovenia

(Newser) - Same stump, slightly different first lady. After an arson attack "conceptualized as criticism" of President Trump, a wooden statue of Melania Trump burned down near her hometown in Slovenia on the Fourth of July has been replaced with a sturdier bronze version, according to one of the artists who...

The Nominations Are In for Trump's Garden of Heroes

Suggestions from outside the administration are much more diverse

(Newser) - George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Sacagawea. The guy who invented air conditioning. Americans' suggestions of statues for President Trump's planned National Garden of American Heroes are in, the AP reports, and they're considerably different from the names the administration has locked in for many of the pedestals. The outside...

Canada's First PM Hits the Ground Hard

Statue of Sir John A. Macdonald takes a tumble in Montreal

(Newser) - Marchers in Montreal toppled a statue of Canada's first prime minister Saturday and sent his head flying, the Montreal Gazette reports. The event began peacefully with about 200 activists walking through downtown in support of changes to police funding—but when they reached Place du Canada, a large urban...

Japan Has Big Issue With Statue of a Kneeling Man

Tokyo questions whether bronze figure in South Korean garden represents Shinzo Abe

(Newser) - A pair of new statues in South Korea of a man kneeling in front of a girl symbolizing a victim of sexual slavery by Japan's wartime military is the latest subject of diplomatic sensitivity between the countries, with Tokyo's government spokesperson questioning whether the male figure represents the...

Protest in Chicago Park Leaves 18 Cops Injured

Demonstrators tried to yank down statue of Christopher Columbus in Grant Park

(Newser) - At least 18 police officers in Chicago were hurt Friday during a clash with 1,000 or so protesters who converged upon a park and tried to yank down a statue of Christopher Columbus. The officers had been at an earlier rally in support of Black and Indigenous people "...

Baltimore Protesters Toss Columbus Statue in Harbor

'We’ve seen people who have taken to the streets, we have supported them,' says mayor's rep

(Newser) - Baltimore protesters pulled down a statue of Christopher Columbus and threw it into the city's Inner Harbor on Saturday night. Demonstrators used ropes to topple the monument near the Little Italy neighborhood, reports the AP . Protesters mobilized by the death of George Floyd at the hands of police have...

Trump Keeps His Focus on Monuments With Executive Order

Penalty for damaging monuments, statues, memorials could be 'up to 10 years' imprisonment'

(Newser) - Earlier this week, President Trump promised to sign a "very strong" executive order regarding the protection of monuments around the US, and on Friday he got his pen out. "I just had the privilege of signing a very strong Executive Order protecting American Monuments, Memorials, and Statues -...

Executive Order, US Marshals to Protect Nation's Monuments

Trump promises 'very strong' order this week

(Newser) - US marshals have been ordered to prep to protect the nation's monuments as part of a new effort by the Trump administration, also said to involve an upcoming executive order. In an email with the subject line "Attorney General Assignment," Marshals Service Assistant Director Andrew C. Smith...

Angry Protesters Tear Down US President's Statue

Francis Scott Key's also comes down

(Newser) - Protesters tore down more statues across the US, expanding the razing in a San Francisco park to the writer of America's national anthem and the general who won the country's Civil War which ended widespread slavery, the AP reports. On the East Coast, more statues honoring Confederates who...

George Washington Comes Down in Portland

Messages left behind include 'You are on native land'

(Newser) - George Washington no longer stands outside the German American Society of Portland in Oregon. Hours before the Juneteenth holiday dawned, a group of about 20 people met at a bronze statue on the organization's lawn and, after more people arrived, pulled it down, Time reports. The protesters wrapped the...

Thomas Jefferson Goes Down in Latest Statue Removal

It happened in Portland, Ore., as a peaceful march took place nearby

(Newser) - Statues around the country of Confederate leaders and Christopher Columbus are meeting their demise, and now a stone tribute to the third president of the United States has found a similar fate in front of a high school in Portland, Ore. Per the Oregonian , the statue of Thomas Jefferson in...

Christopher Columbus Statue Meets Grisly Fate

Another is thrown in a Virginia lake

(Newser) - It started with a chant: "Take it down." Then, a short time later Tuesday evening, protesters at Byrd Park in Richmond, Va., followed through, returning to the spot where an 8-foot-tall Christopher Columbus statue has stood since 1927 and yanking it down with ropes, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports....

Racist Record Brings Down Airport's Texas Ranger Statue

New book details horrific incidents in the agency's past

(Newser) - A published account of brutal and racist chapters in the history of a Texas investigative agency prompted Dallas officials to remove a statue from Love Field’s passenger terminal that honored the agency. The 12-foot-tall bronze statue of a Texas Ranger, called "One Riot, One Ranger," has been...

Another Big Statue Will Fall: Report

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam plans to have statue of Robert E. Lee taken down

(Newser) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is expected to announce plans Thursday for the removal of an iconic statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Richmond's prominent Monument Avenue, a senior administration official told the AP . The governor will direct the statue to be moved off its massive pedestal and...

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