• Perry Thurston

Mary McLeod Bethune Statue Should Replace Confederate General’s in D.C.

The violence resulting from the recent white nationalist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, has cast a harsh spotlight on Confederate memorials and re-opened the old, divisive wounds of race and racism.

While local communities across the country continue to brace for demonstrations over the removal of the controversial monuments, the National Statutory Hall Collection in the U.S. Capitol remains home to a largely overlooked memorial to the old Confederate States of America.

Twelve of the 100 statues commemorating prominent individuals from the 50 states memorialize people who either fought for the Confederacy or were active in Confederate politics.

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