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More Than 100 Confederate Monuments Have Been Removed Since 2015

An updated report from the Southern Poverty Law Center compiled a list of all Confederate symbols in the U.S.
Posted at 2:14 PM, Jun 05, 2018

More than 100 Confederate monuments and symbols have been removed in 21 states and the District of Columbia since 2015. That's according to an updated report from the Southern Poverty Law Center. 

The advocacy group compiled a list of all Confederate symbols — monuments, public schools and military bases, among others — in the U.S. It says more than 1,700 symbols remain. The report is based on data from both public and private sources.  

The original report was released in 2016 after the racially motivated fatal shooting of nine people at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, sparked the movement to get rid of symbols of the Confederacy.   

People who want the symbols gone say they honor a history of racism in the U.S. But others say tearing down the monuments erases part of history. The issue has sparked heated debates and even death threats.   

Southern Poverty Law Center says the remaining symbols include 100 public schools named after Confederate leaders and 772 monuments and statues on public property.