Confederate statues in U.S. Capitol likely going nowhere

Confederate statues in U.S. Capitol likely going nowhere

By Elana Schor (Politico) –

Some of the most famous Confederate statues sit smack dab in the U.S. Capitol — and there are no plans to remove them.

The white supremacist rally in Charlottesville last weekend erupted over the removal of a monument to Robert E. Lee, leader of the Confederate army during the Civil War. Lee is among the 10 Confederates whose statues remain in the Capitol, lionizing a slaveholding era and sparking calls this week from some House Democrats to rid the building of their likenesses.

The Capitol’s Confederate statues are part of the National Statuary Hall Collection, created more than 150 years ago as a means to represent two citizens of each state under the dome. Even as multiple other cities follow Charlottesville in pursuing removal of their Confederate monuments, however, only a handful of Democrats have so far called for the statues’ replacement after the violent rally in the Virginia town left one woman dead and injured more than a dozen others.

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