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Virginia leads country with 71 Confederate monuments, symbols removed in 2020

Confederate Monument Richmond
Posted at 7:20 PM, Mar 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-02 09:25:57-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia is removing Confederate monuments and symbols at a faster rate than any other state in the country, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The organization says the Whose Heritage? report found that at least 168 Confederate symbols were renamed or removed from public spaces in 2020.

Of those, 71 of them were in Virginia, including the Stonewall Jackson, Jefferson Davis and Jeb Stuart statues on Monument Avenue in Richmond.

The Robert E Lee monument is the only Confederate monument still standing on Monument Avenue. State leaders say they are ready to remove the statue, but are awaiting a ruling on legal challenges before they can start the process.