Washington Post
Washington Post 21 Sep 2020

George Floyd was a catalyst, but 325 years of racism led to removing confederate statues in Richmond

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The death of George Floyd sparked nationwide protests and ultimately led to the removal of 11 confederate statues in the former capital of the Confederacy. But the symbolism the statues represented predate both George Floyd and the confederacy by centuries. Reporter Nicole Ellis talks to local experts about how the realization of Black people's contribution to Richmond, and the role confederate statues played in suppressing that information, compelled protestors and government officials to remove them.


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