Another One: Confederate Statue Brought Down Under Cover of Darkness

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Overnight Thursday, the government of Mobile, Alabama quietly removed a statue of Confederate navy officer Raphael Semmes that had stood in the city’s downtown since 1900. Earlier in the week, a man had tagged the statue with graffiti phrases including “confed scum.” He was later arrested, and the city workers cleaned the statue, according to local news. 

It’s the latest of over 10 public symbols of racism that have been burned, occupied, or brought down in the recent week of protests. Here is the full running list.  

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