", "We know that certain historical monuments, here and elsewhere, are at the heart of emotional debate. A plaque explaining why the statue was taken down, how it happened, and a link to more information is in the process of replacing the statue until a more permanent fixture is in place. Flags. What role will Queen Elizabeth play after GG resignation? A monument to racism has been removed in the city of Alexandria, a Washington suburb. A statue of J. Marion Sims, who was a prominent gynecologist, is loaded onto a New York City Department of Parks & Recreation truck after being taken down … A statue of noted slaveholder Robert Milligan has been removed from outside the Museum of London Docklands. The statue of Heg, an anti-slavery activist who fought and died for … The superintendent threatened that the students’ parents would face trouble if they did not go back to school. The statue of the Confederate general will be replaced with one of the civil rights leader Barbara Johns, who led a school walkout in Virginia in 1951. https://t.co/VdskHzFaRy. Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante condemned the destruction of a statue of Canada's first prime minister during a defund the police rally on Saturday. Repost from @racialjusticecollective • Today is the day! The removal of yet another Lee statue, in Charlottesville, Va., was opposed by white supremacists who held a rally in 2017 that led to the killing of a counterprotester, Heather Heyer. 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In June, Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered that the portraits of four House speakers who had served in the Confederacy be removed. The governor, a Democrat, called her “a trailblazing young woman of color” who would inspire visitors to the Capitol to “create positive change in their communities, just like she did.”. Jackson was a slave owner. Where do we go from here? At the time, President Trump said of the rally that there had been “hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides.” White supremacists praised his comments. This is how much Canadian cities spend, Outrage and calls to 'defund police' in Canada, Warning signs missed before 22-year-old's death, All long-term care residents have first dose. CTV News Montreal Digital Reporter. A statue of Abraham Lincoln and a formerly enslaved man has been taken down in Park Square in Boston, Mass., after an intense debate and a petition to … Canada wouldn't exist without Sir John A. Macdonald. The protest preceded the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott by four years. Police officers are shown at the scene next to the statue of Sir John A. Macdonald after it was torn down following a demonstration in Montreal, … These Canadians lost their loved ones to Qanon. The students did not return to school for two weeks, waiting for their demands for a bigger and better building to be met. "The protest in general went really well," he said. When they couldn’t get them taken down through official channels, they tore them down with their bare hands. "It's just the mischief at place du Canada that was a bit negative.". The city council voted to remove a Confederate monument on … More indoor space for Montreal's homeless, WATCH: Amanda Gorman recites her poem 'The Hill We Climb', How often are homeless Montrealers ticketed? The group is also calling for the demilitarization of the police and "alternate community regulation to handle non-violent calls.". She gathered the student body in the auditorium by forging a note to teachers, ostensibly from the principal, instructing them to bring the students there, Ms. Johns’s younger sister, Joan Johns Cobbs, told The New York Times in 2019. A statue of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's first prime minister, has been removed from the front steps of Victoria City Hall. Statues of Wisconsin’s motto “Forward” and of Col. Hans Christian Heg were dragged away from the statehouse. The statue’s head fell off when the statue hit the ground. ), The president has called the removal of monuments to the Confederacy “foolish,” tweeting in 2017: “Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments.”, That the toppling of Confederate monuments is an attack on American culture is a sentiment that has been echoed by various members of the Republican Party; one state senator-elect in Arizona criticized the statue’s removal on Monday, tweeting, “They are coming after all of us.”, President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. said in June that Confederate monuments “belong in museums; they don’t belong in public places.”. Several hundred people gathered in Marion Square in the historic South Carolina city of Charleston early Wednesday to watch the removal of a statue … When some classmates said they were afraid of punishment by school officials, or even arrest, for the walkout, Ms. Johns told them: “The Farmville jail isn’t big enough to hold us.”. (States are each allotted two statues to display in the U.S. Capitol; Virginia’s other statue is of George Washington.). After the crowd dispersed, a perimetre was erected around the park. Barbara Johns in a high school graduation photo from 1952. The organization consolidated the case with four others into what would become the landmark school segregation case Brown v. Board of Education. A statue of Canada's first Prime Minister, John A. Macdonald, was toppled during a defund the police protest in Montreal on Sat., Aug. 29, 2020. Ms. Pelosi said in a statement on Monday that the removal of Virginia’s statue was “welcome news,” noting that in her first term as speaker Congress removed the statue from National Statuary Hall, an ornate section of the Capitol where a select 35 statues are displayed. A post shared by Jaggi Singh (@comradejaggi) on Aug 29, 2020 at 11:59am PDT. Demonstrators attached a rope to the Grade II … Confederate Statue Taken Down In Virginia. A lot, with sharp increase in recent years, study shows, Police evacuate area as 138-year-old water main breaks and floods busy street in Montreal, Montreal has not been spared from Bernie memes, Quebec vaccine plan may be rethought after troubling Israeli data, says provincial adviser, Here's what medical experts say about the importance of kids returning to school, Many COVID-infected passengers aboard three Haiti-to-Montreal flights, federal data shows. Demonstrators knocked down the statue at about 11 p.m., according to The Richmond Times-Dispatch, and local news reports showed photographs of it … The statue of a Black Lives Matter protester has been taken down after it was secretly installed to replace the monument of slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol. [citation needed] A green sculpture by Bassem Hamad al-Dawiri, meant to symbolize the unity of Iraq, was installed on the empty plinth in June 2003 and remained there until it was removed and demolished in 2013. Is there any hope of getting them back? Mr. Northam said in a statement on Monday that the move was an “important step forward for our commonwealth and our country.” Senator Tim Kaine, Democrat of Virginia, was present for the statue’s removal and tweeted a video of workers hoisting it down at 4:02 a.m. The statue will be replaced with one of Barbara Johns, who as a 16-year-old defied school segregation in Virginia in 1951, Mr. Northam said. MONTREAL -- Most controversially, protesters also pulled down a statue of Ulysses S Grant — the Union general responsible for the defeat of the Confederacy — because he owned a slave. A Confederate statue in Virginia has been removed by officials, as protests sparked by the police killing of George Floyd and demanding an end to systemic racism continued in the state and across the nation. A small crowd cheered and passing cars honked as the statue came down about 3 a.m. The statue of Lee was in the Capitol crypt, directly beneath the rotunda, when it was taken away, Mr. Kaine said. Canada is a great county, and one we should be proud of. Several Confederate statues taken down 04:44. Ralph Northam of Virginia signed legislation directing the creation of a commission to study the removal and replacement of the statue. "With all the vandalism that has occured, just removing the paint has made the statue more fragile.". It was taken down minutes ago by anonymous protesters at the end of the #DefundThePolice demo. In June, Mr. Northam ordered the removal of another statue of Lee, … During summer protests in Richmond, Va., artists and protesters projected images of Harriet Tubman and George Floyd on a towering statue of Robert E. Lee. The protestors employed banners to hide their actions as they climbed up the base of the statue and pulled it down. The statue’s base was marked with graffiti and messages like “Stop killing us” and “Defund the police.”. Robert E. Lee Statue Is Removed From U.S. Capitol. City of Montreal director of communications Youssef Amane said the Bureau d'art publique is taking custody of the statue. The statue's sculptor, Angelo Di Maria, said he was upset to hear it had been taken down. Such gestures cannot be accepted or tolerated. Sadiq Khan earlier announced a … I am also in favour of adding monuments that will be more representative of the society to which we all aspire.". Who should replace Payette? "It's like a whole part of me is coming down. The protesters in Montreal joined others across Canadian to demand a reduction in police funding. The statue was one of two that Virginia was allotted to display in the Capitol. The images of the statue destruction provided a clear refutation of Information Minister Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf's reports that Iraq had been winning the war. The controversial Emancipation Group statue in Boston has been taken down. "It's been badly damaged yesterday, (and) we still need to figure that out," he said. In a news release presented to the City of Montreal last week as part of a pre-budget consultation, the Fraternite des policemen et policieres de Montréal, which represents the 4,500 police officers of the SPVM, strongly opposed the defunding, saying that reducing the police budget will compromise public safety. The protest was scheduled to demand a reduction in police funding. 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In April, the month before the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis would set off worldwide protests against racism and police brutality, Gov. when it comes to COVID-19 and schools, Montreal rental vacancy rate hits six per cent, highest in years, but prices don't seem to be dropping, Former Lester B. Pearson School board employees, former associate, plead not guilty in alleged scam. Ms. Johns organized a walkout for her all-Black school of 450 students, who were crammed into a single-story building in Farmville, Va., that lacked a gym, a cafeteria and laboratories. The statue of Lee was in the Capitol crypt, directly beneath the rotunda, when it was taken away, Mr. Kaine said. Calls to withdraw funding from police forces have multiplied in the United States, but also in Canadian cities since the death of George Floyd in the United States last May. The Parks statue stands in National Statuary Hall but is not affiliated with a specific state. The statue of Frank Rizzo, a former Philadelphia mayor long associated with police brutality, has been taken down. Edward Colston's statue was removed early in the morning A statue of a slave trader that was thrown into a harbour by anti-racism protestors has been retrieved from the … Workers took away the statue of Robert E. Lee early on Monday. Here in Washington, D.C., last night, protesters in Lafayette Square right by the White House tried to take down a statue of President Andrew Jackson. Statue taken down today in so-called #Montreal #BlackLivesMatter #DefundPolice #manifencours #decolonize Kanada pic.twitter.com/0TYGayWUiK. SPVM officers asked protesters to leave the area over a loudspeaker once the statue was in pieces on the ground. Daniel J. Rowe Nearly six months after the Boston Art Commission voted unanimously to take down a controversial statue, workers removed the "The Emancipation Group" sculpture Tuesday morning.The statue… It's just an incredibly emotional process," he said. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes), Use of this Website assumes acceptance of Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy, Published Saturday, August 29, 2020 1:53PM EDT, Last Updated Sunday, August 30, 2020 1:10PM EDT, Follow CTV News Channel for ongoing breaking news, Statue of Dollard-des-Ormeaux vandalized by anti-colonialism activists in Montreal, City of Montreal looking to consult residents on 2021 budget through survey, Cost to run some municipal police departments has ballooned since 2015, Defund the police? Montreal police (SPVM) spokesperson Jean-Pierre Brabant confirmed that at around 2:45 p.m. the statue was toppled by protesters though police do not have any suspects at the moment. The House of Representatives, in a bipartisan vote of 305 to 113, moved in July to purge the Capitol of Confederate statues. "People understood and they left," said Brabant. When the students arrived in the auditorium, “there was no principal there, and instead it was my sister on the stage,” Ms. Cobbs said. According to the group of activists, protests will also take place in Toronto, London, Montreal, Fredericton, Moncton and Halifax. A white supremacist, James Field, was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison for driving his car into a crowd, killing Ms. Heyer and injuring others. The racist John A. Macdonald statue in Montreal has fallen! The statue of Ms. Johns will join one of Rosa Parks in the Capitol. Just before 3 p.m. in Montreal, the often-vandalized statue of John A. Macdonald at Place du Canada in the heart of Montreal was toppled by protesters. The Confederate statue of Johnny Reb in Norfolk, Virginia, is nearly 16 feet tall and weighs approximately 1,500 pounds. Civil rights activists and some local government officials in D.C. had campaigned for years to get the statue taken down but needed the federal government's approval to … A statue of Stonewall Jackson on Richmond's Monument Avenue came down Wednesday after the mayor ordered the "immediate removal" of all Confederate monuments on … The second statue was removed about 5:30 a.m. from Arrigo Park in Chicago’s Little Italy neighbourhood. "We can take that down" said Tony Lewis, pointing as work crews remove the statue of John Calhoun, to Mark Knapp. That same day, a statue of Christopher Columbus was taken down and thrown into a nearby lake. Sask. Newly elected Conservative leader Erin O'Toole criticized the actions of the protesters on Twitter. Black Lives Matters protesters in Bristol have pulled down a statue of the slave trader Edward Colston. I reiterate that I prefer to put them in context rather than simply removing them. The commission’s eight members voted on July 24 to recommend the removal of the Lee statue, which will be turned over to the Virginia Museum of History & Culture in Richmond. We will not build a better future by defacing our past. On Thursday night, a statue of George Washington, the first president of the U.S., was torn down by a group of people in Portland, Oregon. The statue has been the target of spray paint and vanalism many times over the past couple of years, as attention has been drawn to Canada's first Prime Minister's treatment of Indigenous and other marginalized peoples. Mr. Trump had threatened to hold up this year’s defense authorization bill over a provision — which had garnered strong bipartisan support — to strip the names of Confederate leaders from military bases. The Coalition for BIPOC Liberation is calling for a 50 per cent reduction in the budget reserved for the police to invest instead "in black and Indigenous communities.". The NAACP took on the case, shifting its focus to integration rather than a new building. -- this report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 29, 2020. That statue, on Monument Avenue, became a site of protest during the summer, with images of Harriet Tubman and George Floyd projected on it. Rocky Mount, N.C. The order was challenged by local residents, but a state judge ruled in October that the monument could be taken down. The billboard, which read “Remove the racist Confederate statue,” was taken down within 24 hours of going up Jan. 4 in Ottawa County. (Photo: CTV Montreal/Billy Shields), Police officers are shown at the scene next to the statue of Sir John A. Macdonald after it was torn down following a demonstration in Montreal, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, where people protested to defund the police with a goal to end all systemic racism within all sectors of the Canadian government. Virginia’s statue of the Confederate general Robert E. Lee was removed from its post in the U.S. Capitol on Monday morning, closing a year that saw Confederate statues toppled as the nation reckoned with racism in its history and institutions. (The House and the Senate overwhelmingly passed the bill this month, defying the president’s veto threat. The other is of George Washington. Ms. Johns died of bone cancer in 1991 at 56. Joining the ranks of the many removed memorials is a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, which was pulled from the Capitol building on Monday. 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