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George Floyd Statue Defaced, Again
George Floyd Statue
Defaced, Again

George Floyd Statue Defaced, Again

Paint thrown on it in NYC

(Newser) - A statue honoring George Floyd in New York City’s Union Square Park was vandalized on Sunday, police said. According to police, a video showed an unidentified man on a skateboard throwing paint on the statue at approximately 10am then fleeing, the AP reports. Nearby statues of late Congressman John...

Bust of KKK Leader to Lose Its Home at Tennessee Capitol

Statue of Confederate general, slave trader Nathan Bedford Forrest headed to museum

(Newser) - A bust of Ku Klux Klan leader and Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest is coming down at the Tennessee Capitol. The State Building Commission gave a 5-2 approval Thursday to relocate the bust of the slave trader , installed in 1978, to the Tennessee State Museum, reports the Tennessean . Several attempts...

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...

Statue of Canadian University's Namesake Toppled, Beheaded

Ryerson University says statue won't be coming back to Toronto campus

(Newser) - Canada's Ryerson University might be getting a new name amid widespread anger after the discovery of 215 bodies at a former residential school for Indigenous children—and it definitely won't be replacing its statue of Egerton Ryerson. The statue of the Toronto university's namesake, who had a...

Kim Kardashian Entangled in Case of 'Looted' Statue

A rep for the celeb says she was unaware of its purchase

(Newser) - Here's an odd story involving an ancient Roman statue, alleged smuggling, and the name Kim Kardashian. As NBC News reports, in 2016 said statue arrived at the Port of Los Angeles, with the buyer designated as "Kim Kardashian dba Noel Roberts Trust." It was sold by Belgian...

Off-Duty Cops Antiquing in Brussels Make Quite a Find

Roman statue worth $120K had been stolen from Italy nearly a decade ago

(Newser) - Two Italian police officers on assignment in Belgium were exploring some of Brussels' antique shops after work when they discovered a $120,000 Roman statue, stolen from Italy nearly a decade ago. The statue of a headless Roman in a draped toga struck the men as suspicious. As members of...

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...

Imported Gold Trump Is for Sale at CPAC

Mexican-made statue sparks Old Testament comparisons

(Newser) - The breakout star at the Conservative Political Action Conference taking place in Orlando is from Mexico. A gold, 200-pound statue of former President Trump has drawn a selfie-taking crowd since it arrived in a hotel lobby Thursday evening, CNN reports. As popular as it is, there's been a backlash...

Boston Takes Down a Lincoln Statue

Also features a kneeling slave, and critics called it demeaning

(Newser) - A statue of Abraham Lincoln with a freed slave appearing to kneel at his feet has been removed from its perch in downtown Boston. Workers removed the Emancipation Memorial, also known as the Emancipation Group and the Freedman's Memorial, early Tuesday from a park where it had stood since...

Restoration Turns Statue Into 'Fugly Humanoid'
This Restoration Didn't Go Well

This Restoration Didn't Go Well

Before-and-after photos are a sight to behold

(Newser) - Whoever did this must be lying low about now. A sculpture of a smiling woman in Spain looks more like a cartoon character after an unidentified art restorer got to work on her, CBS News reports. A local artist in Palencia, Spain, posted before-and-after images of the statue, which adorns...

Exorcism Performed Where Statue Came Down in California

The archbishop of San Francisco said prayers in Latin

(Newser) - The archbishop of San Francisco performed a short exorcism ceremony Saturday outside a Catholic church where protesters had earlier toppled a statue of Father Junipero Serra, saying the ceremony was intended to drive out evil and defend the image of Serra. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone performed the ritual before some 150...

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...

Boseman to Be Honored With Statue Fit for a King

More than 50K sign petition in the hope that it'll replace a Confederate monument

(Newser) - Less than a week after Chadwick Boseman's death , work is underway to get the Black Panther star his own statue. Boseman's hometown of Anderson, SC, is finalizing a plan for a permanent public statue. TMZ cites a rep for Mayor Terence Roberts as saying it will likely take...

Tourist Snaps Toes Off 200-Year-Old Statue

He posed for photo with Canova sculpture

(Newser) - A statue of Napoleon's sister in an Italian museum lost three toes in an unfortunate encounter with an Austrian tourist. Police say the man broke off from his tour group so his wife could take a photo of him "sprawled over" the plaster cast model of Pauline Bonaparte...

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...

Activist's Statue Only Lasts for 24 Hours

The city of Bristol removes 'A Surge of Power (Jen Reid)'

(Newser) - First, a slave trader. Then a black activist. Now a pedestal in Bristol, England is empty again after the city took down the activist's statue on Thursday morning, Sky News reports. "This morning we removed the sculpture," the City Council said in a statement. "It will...

After Slaver's Statue Came Down, This Went Up

Statue of Black Lives Matter protester erected in Bristol, England

(Newser) - A plinth that held the statue of a 17th-century slave trader before it was toppled last month now holds a statue of one of the people who helped bring it down. Jen Reid, a Black Lives Matter protester, was photographed standing on the plinth with her fist raised after Edward...

Melania Trump Statue Was Torched on July 4

It was erected in her hometown a year ago

(Newser) - A chainsaw-carved statue of Melania Trump in her hometown in Slovenia went up in flames on Independence Day. American artist Brad Downey, who commissioned local folk artist Alex Zupevc to carve the statue from a tree trunk, says he had the blackened remains removed after the fire and has filed...

City Named for Andrew Jackson Will Remove His Statue

Jackson, Miss., mayor says former president was 'brutal owner of enslaved people'

(Newser) - Jackson, Miss., has voted to remove a statue of namesake Andrew Jackson from City Hall. City council approved the relocation of the former slave-owning president's statue in a 5-1 vote on Tuesday, reports the Washington Post . "While removing a statue does little to change our condition as oppressed...

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