In the months since George Floyd died in Minneapolis while in police custody, protests have rippled across the United States, with hundreds of demonstrators rallying against systemic racism and calling for justice.
Among some of the more prominent changes sparked by Floyd’s death is the speedy removal and renaming of landmarks and monuments representing the Confederacy. Such symbols have come down amid controversy in recent years, but the outcry surrounding police brutality, particularly against people of color, have sped up the initiative.
The updated “Whose Heritage? Public Symbols of the Confederacy” report released Tuesday by the Southern Poverty Law Center revealed 38 monuments have been removed in less than three months since Floyd’s death on Memorial Day. Another five have been relocated and 16 schools, parks or other sites renamed.
The tally does not include Mississippi voting to remove the Confederate flag from its state flag nor toppled monuments that have racist connotations but no ties to the Confederacy.