Virginia/U.S. – Protesters Topple, Burn Statue of Albert Pike


US - Protesters Topple, Burn Statue of Albert Pike

(by Rachel Sadon, dcist, June 20, 2020)

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For a period in the early 1990s and again in the wake of white supremacist violence in Charlottesvile in 2017, activists and city officials alike called for the removal of a statue of a Confederate general that stands in Judiciary Square. Those demands, which surfaced again in recent weeks, have been mired in federal bureaucracy—requiring Congressional approval to remove a monument that lawmakers authorized in 1898.

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US - Protesters Topple, Burn Statue of Albert Pike.

Protesters bypassed the official process entirely on Friday, June 19, scaling the 11-foot bronze statue of Albert Pike, wrapping it in chains, pulling it down, and setting it on fire. It is—or rather, was—the only public, outdoor statue in D.C. that honors a Confederate general (there are a number at the U.S. Capitol, though).

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Albert Pike on Fire.

Amid a day of Juneteenth celebrations and continued demonstrations against racism and police brutality, the group of protesters marched past …

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US - Protesters Topple, Burn Statue of Albert Pike.

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US - Protesters Topple, Burn Statue of Albert Pike
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