Here are the Confederate statues in the Capitol

Here are the Confederate statues in the Capitol

BY JAMES BIKALES – 06/12/20 05:23 PM EDT 9731,570

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Congressional Democrats launched a new push this week to remove Confederate statues from the Capitol grounds.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called for their removal Wednesday by saying the statues, donated by states, pay “homage to hate, not heritage.”

Reps. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) introduced a bill Thursday to send the statues back to states or the Smithsonian within 120 days, and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) introduced a companion bill in the Senate.

The killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in Minneapolis police custody after an officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes, has spurred protests around the country and galvanized efforts to take down Confederate monuments nationwide.

Eleven statues in the National Statuary Hall Collection commemorate Confederate soldiers and officials, including several in their Confederate uniforms. Democrats first pushed for their removal in 2017.

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