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    Dwaine Rieves August 2, 2020 10:00AM (UTC) An Italian marble likeness of Jefferson Davis stands within an iron-gated cage on the grounds of the Old Capitol Museum in Jackson, Mississippi. The Mississippi Confederate Monument was built as a crypt for "the most famous son of Mississippi." The president of the Confederacy was actually buried in Richmond, the capital of that secessionist pseudo-republic, but the crypt in Jackson was erected in 1891 to house Davis' symbolic body, while also memorializing the other Mississippians who died as "martyrs of their creed." The four sides of the crypt were left open, so the public could step inside and inspect the effigy. One of Davis' hands was chopped off a few years following the dedication. Soon the statue had been repeatedly...
    A statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee and busts of seven other confederate leaders were quietly removed from the Virginia State Capitol under the cover of night Thursday by order of its Democratic House Leader.  The 900-pound, bronze Lee statue and busts of Gen. Stonewall Jackson and Confederate President Jefferson Davis and other members of the Confederacy were removed from the old House chamber under orders from House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, a Democrat from Fairfax. The additional monuments removed were of Fitzhugh Lee, J.E.B. Stuart, Matthew Fontaine Maury, Joseph E. Johnston and Alexander Stephens, plus a plaque honoring Thomas Bocock. All were placed in an undisclosed location.  Workmen remove a bust of Joseph E. Johnston before moving on to...
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A panel on the Richmond City Council has recommended the city gets more input from residents before voting to rename a highway that honors Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Members of the city council's Land Use, Housing and Transportation Standing Committee recommended Tuesday to delay the vote on the Jefferson Davis Highway until September, news outlets reported. It had originally been scheduled for next week. “I know that will delay this process some, but I do agree that giving the public an opportunity to weigh in on this is important,” the Richmond Times-Dispatch quotes Richmond Councilwoman Ellen Robertson, who chairs the panel, as saying. The delay comes amid a push by the Richmond branch of the NAACP...
    By JIM MUSTIAN, Associated Press A nonprofit that advocates for criminal justice reform asked the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday to open a civil rights investigation into law enforcement in southwestern Louisiana, citing a long history of misconduct. The Promise of Justice Initiative called a federal inquiry “the only pathway to justice” for Jefferson Davis Parish and surrounding communities that are subjected to a "dangerous level of incompetence by law enforcement." The New Orleans nonprofit cataloged decades of corruption, from deputies dealing drugs to trafficking female inmates for sex, and highlighted the so-called Jeff Davis 8, possibly related killings of women that have remain unsolved for more than a decade. The group wrote in a letter to the Justice Department’s...
    RIDGEFIELD, Wash. (AP) — The recent destruction of memorials to Confederate leaders since the death of George Floyd hasn't deterred the operators of a park visible from Interstate 5 north of Vancouver, Washington. A community conversation about the tribute has repeatedly resurfaced since Jefferson Davis Park was installed in 2007 near Ridgefield, The Columbian reported. The Sons of Confederate Veterans Pacific NW Division, which owns the property where the monument stands, has remained steadfast. “I think the people that are upset about this and making demands are in the minority. I think most people just want to live and let live,” Sons of Confederate Veterans Pacific NW Commander Rick Leaumont said. “If you’re offended, don’t look at it.” In June,...
    On Friday, Donald Trump and his wife Melania attended an early Independence Day celebration held at Mount Rushmore. This article first appeared on Salon. There were fireworks, a military flyover, and “patriotic” songs such as “The Star-Spangled Banner”. The entire spectacle embodied the worst kind of superficial juvenile patriotism. More than 130,000 Americans are dead from the coronavirus pandemic. The country teeters on the edge of a second Great Depression. A neofascist regime rules in Washington. Donald Trump is in thrall to Vladimir Putin and Russia and in doing so actively betrays the United States and the American people. Music and fireworks and loud planes are distractions for a country facing an existential crisis. Donald Trump’s early July 4th celebration had little...
    Chauncey DeVega July 4, 2020 10:00AM (UTC) On Friday, Donald Trump and his wife Melania attended an early Independence Day celebration held at Mount Rushmore. There were fireworks, a military flyover, and "patriotic" songs such as "The Star-Spangled Banner". The entire spectacle embodied the worst kind of superficial juvenile patriotism. : More than 130,000 Americans are dead from the coronavirus pandemic. The country teeters on the edge of a second Great Depression. A neofascist regime rules in Washington. Donald Trump is in thrall to Vladimir Putin and Russia and in doing so actively betrays the United States and the American people.  Music and fireworks and loud planes are distractions for a country facing an existential crisis. Donald Trump's early...
    Mother Jones illustration; US Senate; Getty For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.Before he was a traitor, Jefferson Davis was a senator from Mississippi. From the moment he walked out of the US Capitol to join the Confederacy in January 1861, his mahogany desk in the Senate chamber became a prize to be fought over, both politically and physically. Sen. Simon Cameron of Pennsylvania claimed to have made this prediction as a parting shot to Davis before his defection: “I believe, in the justice of God, that a Negro some day will come and occupy your seat.” In April 1861, Union soldiers who were billeted inside the Senate located Davis’ former desk and tried...
    Looks like somebody was drinking on the job. Workers in Kentucky made a surprising discovery while removing a statue of Confederate president Jefferson Davis from the state capitol on Saturday — a bottle of bourbon and an 84-year-old newspaper. Workers prepare to remove the Jefferson Davis statue from the Kentucky state Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., on June 13. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP) DISTILLERY RECALLS GIN AFTER ACCIDENTALLY SELLING BOTTLES OF HAND SANITIZER After hoisting the 15-foot marble statue from the pedestal where it stood for decades in Frankfort’s Capitol Rotunda, workers made a shocking find. Hidden in the base was an empty bottle of Glenmore Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and newspaper front page dated Oct. 20,...
    Nothing like a little bourbon when you’re putting up a statue. Workers removing a statue of Civil War Gen. Jefferson Davis from the Kentucky state capitol in Frankfort Saturday discovered unexpected artifacts hidden inside the base: a bottle of Glenmore Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, and a copy of the State Journal newspaper from Oct. 20, 1936, the day the statue was erected. One local report suggested the bottle may have held a piece of paper but others said the vessel was empty. Kentucky’s Historic Properties Advisory Commission voted overwhelmingly Friday to remove the Davis statue. Davis, a one time US Senator who died in 1889, was president of the Confederate states. He was later indicted for treason but not tried....
    FRANKFORT, Ky. — A Kentucky commission voted Friday to take down a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis from the state Capitol, adding its voice to a global push to remove symbols of racism and slavery. The Historic Properties Advisory Commission met remotely through video teleconferencing at the request of Gov. Andy Beshear and then voted 11-1 to move the 15-foot (4.5-meter) marble statue of Davis to a state historic site in southern Kentucky where the Confederate leader was born. The commission is responsible for statues in the state Capitol. “When I see the Jefferson Davis statue in my state Capitol, and knowing our history, I can’t find a lot of reasons to honor this man in that way,” said...
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Protesters pulled down a century-old statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis in the former capital of the Confederacy, adding it to the list of Old South monuments removed or damaged around the U.S. in the wake of George Floyd’s death. The bronze figure on Richmond’s grand Monument Avenue had been all but marked for removal by city leaders in a matter of weeks, but demonstrators took matters into their own hands Wednesday night, tying ropes around its legs and toppling it onto the pavement. A crowd cheered and police looked on as the monument — installed by a Confederate heritage group in 1907 during the Jim Crow era — was towed away. There were no immediate...
    Protesters toppled a statue of Jefferson Davis in Richmond, Virginia, Wednesday night as part of ongoing nationwide demonstrations against racial inequality and police brutality. A crowd gathered, singing and chanting, to watch as the toppled statue was taken away by Richmond police, according to NBC12. The crowd is heard chanting “f*** that statue” as police placed the Davis statue on the bed of a tow truck in video posted just before midnight to Twitter by Courthouse News reporter Brad Kutner. The crowd can then be heard singing “na na na na hey hey hey goodbye” as the tow truck drove off with the statue. The statue had been defaced over the course of the past week. “F*** 12,” an anti-police...
    Another statue in Richmond, Virginia has been torn down by demonstrators amid protests regarding race relations in America. This time, demonstrators pulled down a statue of Jefferson Davis – the president of the Confederacy – which stood in Richmond’s Monument Avenue since 1907, NPR reported. Police stood by as the statue was removed by a tow tuck. The giant column behind Davis, which includes his name and title, still remains. This was the third statue Richmond protesters have torn down in the past week. As The Daily Wire previously reported, protesters toppled the statue of Christopher Columbus that sat in Byrd Park. That statue was torn from its foundation, spray painted, set on fire, and finally dropped in the nearby...
    RICHMOND, Va. -- Protesters tore down a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis along Richmond, Virginia's famed Monument Avenue on Wednesday night.The statue in the former capital of the Confederacy was toppled shortly before 11 p.m., news outlets reported.Richmond police were on the scene and videos on social media showed the monument being towed away as a crowd cheered.About 80 miles (130 kilometers) away, protesters in Portsmouth beheaded and then pulled down four statues that were part of a Confederate monument on Wednesday, according to media outlets.Efforts to tear one of the statues down began around 8:20 p.m., but the rope they were using snapped, The Virginian-Pilot reported.The crowd was frustrated by the Portsmouth City Council's decision to put off...
    RICHMOND, Va. -- Protesters tore down a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis along Richmond, Virginia's famed Monument Avenue on Wednesday night.The statue in the former capital of the Confederacy was toppled shortly before 11 p.m., news outlets reported.Richmond police were on the scene and videos on social media showed the monument being towed away as a crowd cheered.About 80 miles (130 kilometers) away, protesters in Portsmouth beheaded and then pulled down four statues that were part of a Confederate monument on Wednesday, according to media outlets.Efforts to tear one of the statues down began around 8:20 p.m., but the rope they were using snapped, The Virginian-Pilot reported.The crowd was frustrated by the Portsmouth City Council's decision to put off...
    (CNN) A crowd of protesters in Richmond, Virginia, brought down the statue of Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy, CNN affiliate WRIC reported. Pictures from the affiliate showed the statue on the ground Wednesday night. Richmond police responded to the scene, the affiliate reported. CNN has reached out to police for more details. Davis was the president of the Confederate states during the Civil War. It was the second statue to come down in Richmond in two days. Statues of Christopher Columbus are being dismounted across the countryOn Tuesday, CNN affiliate WTVR reported about 1,000 people gathered in Byrd Park during what was initially a peaceful demonstration. But protesters vandalized a statue of Christopher Columbus, tore it down using...
    Protesters tore down a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis along Richmond, Virginia's famed Monument Avenue on Wednesday night. The statue in the former capital of the Confederacy was toppled shortly before 11 p.m., news outlets reported. In this photo provided by @thicketoftrash, a police officer looks toward the toppled statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis along Monument Drive on night of June 10, 2020, in Richmond, Virginia. @thicketoftrash / AP Richmond police were on the scene and videos on social media showed the monument being towed away as a crowd cheered. Protests Over Police Violence Jefferson Davis statue in Richmond toppled by protesters A&E ceases production of "Live PD" "We've got to be bold": Chicago mayor on...
    Virginia protesters pulled down a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis on city’s famed Monument Avenue during Wednesday night demonstrations over the police killing of George Floyd. Local police were pictured forming a blockade around the fallen statue as it laid in the street. The Jefferson Davis statue on Monument and Davis is down. RPD has formed a perimeter. pic.twitter.com/qt8F6og2GN — Zach Joachim (@ZachJoachim) June 11, 2020 Davis marked the third statue that protesters have torn down in Richmond during the civil unrest over Floyd’s Killing. A statue of Confederate Gen. Williams Carter Wickham was toppled last weekend in Monroe Park, while another Richmond statue of Christopher Columbus was torn down and thrown in the water of another...
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A statue of Jefferson Davis was torn down along Richmond, Virginia’s famed Monument Avenue on Wednesday night. The statue of the president of the Confederacy was toppled shortly before 11 p.m. and is on the ground in the middle of an intersection, news outlets reported. Richmond police were on the scene. In Portsmouth, protesters beheaded and then pulled down four statues that were part of a Confederate monument on Wednesday, according to media outlets. The Virginia-Pilot reports that efforts to tear one of the statues down began around 8:20 p.m., but the rope they were using snapped. The crowd was frustrated by the Portsmouth City Council’s decision to put off moving the monument. They switched to...
    RICHMOND, Va. — Protesters in Virginia topple statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis along Richmond’s famed Monument Avenue.
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Protesters in Virginia topple statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis along Richmond’s famed Monument Avenue.
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Richmond branch of the NAACP is proposing a name change for a highway that currently honors Confederate President Jefferson Davis. The organization will be joined in a news conference Monday afternoon by the Jefferson Davis Neighborhood Civic Association. The association sent a letter to City Councilwoman Reva Trammell on Saturday urging that the highway’s name be changed to a name that’s “more suitable to the culture we currently live in,” news outlets reported. “The time is now to move forward,” Charles Willis, the association’s president, wrote. Other localities in Virginia have already changed the name: The road is called “Richmond Highway” in Fairfax and Arlington counties and in the city of Alexandria. TOP STORIES...