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Thomas Jefferson statue removed from New York City Hall after complaints it honored slave owner

While Jefferson was largely spared, statues honoring Confederate figures such as General Robert E. Lee were withdrawn nationwide in cities and on college campuses. More than 140 Confederate monuments have been removed from public lands since the church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015, and about two-thirds of them fell in 2020 as a result of Floyd’s murder, according to data tracked by the Washington Post. Yet more than 700 Confederate monuments remained at the end of last year, along with hundreds of names on roads, schools, parks, etc.

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