- Over a year after the debate over a statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia turned deadly, more than 1,700 Confederate symbols still stood in public places across the country.
- Though hundreds of statues and plaques have been removed, protests and decisions over each memorial often turn fiery.
- As debates rage on, here are several cities that have removed Confederate symbols from schools, parks, and other official spaces.
University of North Carolina Chancellor Carol Folt announced on January 15 that the base and plaque from the statue of a Confederate soldier would be removed from a prominent spot on campus after years of controversy.
The decision came months after a bloody protest had toppled the statue, and more than a year after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia turned violent and reinvigorated a national conversation about the role of Confederate statues, memorials, and plaques in public spaces.
In a July 2018 report by the Southern Poverty Law Center, over 1,700 symbols of the Confederacy were found to stand in public places in the US.
The movement to rid public spaces of these monuments is ongoing. Here are some of America's major cities that have already done away with them.
Durham, North Carolina
The Confederate figures: Confederate General Robert E. Lee along with the Confederate Soldiers Monument (known as "The Boys Who Wore Gray"), which memorialized the soldiers from Durham County who fought for the Confederacy.
What happened: Duke University removed a Lee statue from Duke Chapel in August 2017. Five days prior, protesters also toppled the Confederate Soldiers Monument, and now, eight of them face misdemeanor charges. On Monday, the charged protesters will appear in court, according to The Independent Weekly.
Future plans: North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has proposed relocating three more Confederate monuments outside the State Capitol to the Bentonville Battlefield Historic Site, according to a local CBS station.
San Diego, California
The Confederate figure: Former President of the Confederacy Jefferson Davis.
What happened: A plaque honoring Davis was quietly removed August 16, 2017 from a city park on orders from Mayor Kevin Faulconer.