As protesters and rioters usher the nation into destruction and chaos following the death of George Floyd, numerous iconic and historical monuments have been vandalized all across the country including Washington D.C., Richmond,VA, and Charleston, NC. on Saturday night.
Many of the affected monuments were at our National Capitol. The affected monuments include The Lincoln Memorial, the World War II Memorial, and the statue of General Casimir Pulaski.
The National Park Service for the National Mall sent out a tweet including photos of the defaced monuments: “In the wake of last night’s demonstrations, there are numerous instances of vandalism to sites around the National Mall. For generations the Mall has been our nation’s premier civic gathering space for non-violent demonstrations, and we ask individuals to carry on that tradition.”
Demanding justice for George Floyd, demonstrations continued into Sunday evening with peaceful protesters moving through the streets to the White house while D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser ordered a curfew for city residents from 11 p.m.until 6 a.m. on Monday. Bowser sent out a tweet stating that she had activated the DC National Guard to support the Metropolitan Police Department in support of the curfew.
In the former capital of the confederacy of Richmond, Virginia, the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee was engulfed in graffiti with phrases like “No More White Supremacy,” “Black Lives Matter,” and “Blood On Your Hands.” A noose was hung from the statue of Jefferson Davis and The Stonewall Jackson, JEB Stuart, and Jefferson Davis memorials were also defaced.
The words “traitors” and “BLM” were spray painted on the Confederate Defenders statue in Charleston.
Early Sunday morning, The United Daughters of the Confederacy headquarters was set on fire and was extinguished by Richmond firefighters.
At the University of Mississippi, “spiritual genocide” and blood-red handprints were scrawled on the sides of a Confederate monument on the campus.