These Confederate Statues were Removed. But Where Did they Go?Breaking News
tags: statues, Confederacy, public history
After the death of George Floyd in late May, more than 130 Confederate statues and tributes to divisive historical figures have come down in a flurry of protests, acts of vandalism and government decrees.
But no matter how and why the monuments were removed, most communities remain stuck in a common struggle: what to do with them.
A review by NBC News of monuments that were ripped down or are slated to be pulled from public spaces found that most governments and agencies with oversight have no clear road map for what will happen next and have placed the statues and markers into storage for the foreseeable future.
In only about 35 of the cases were the monuments transported to new homes or were awaiting to be moved or for a location or owner to be determined. Most of those monuments were delivered to Confederate cemeteries or accepted by museums, although a handful were headed for private properties or to local historical societies and organizations with ties to the statues. One was sent to a historic battlefield in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley.
At least three vandalized statues — one of an early 1900s politician in Nashville, Tennessee, and two at the state Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin, that historians say were not actual symbols of white supremacy — were expected to be repaired and returned to their original sites, local officials said.
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