If House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has her way, 11 soldiers and statesmen of the Confederacy will face their last stand in the halls of the U.S. Capitol amid calls for the removal of their likenesses in the wake of the death of a black man.
Pelosi, D-California, sent a letter Wednesday to the Architect of the Capitol requesting that 11 statues of men who fought for the Confederate States of America in the U.S. Civil War be removed from Statuary Hall, a place in the U.S. Capitol building that displays statutes of people from every U.S. state.
Pelosi said in the letter that the statues “pay homage to hate, not heritage,” and that “They must be removed.”
The call for the removal of the statues come two weeks after George Floyd died on a Minneapolis street with a police officer pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. Protests, many that turned violent, have taken place in cities across the United States and around the world.
The statues that Pelosi has targeted were donated to the Capitol to represent their states in Statuary Hall. The statues came from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
Seven of the men served in the Confederate Army. The list also includes the president and the vice president of the Confederacy.
One of the men helped found a law firm where Hillary Clinton would become its first female partner. Ten of the 11 were Democrats.
Here’s a look at the men whose statues are under the gun:
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