A statue of a responsible officer of the confederate army was removed from its base on Thursday in Richmond, becoming the second monument to disappear after the decision of the city of Virginia to remove the buildings, recalling the past pro-slavery in the Southern United States.
The statue of Matthew Fontaine Maury, oceanographer recognized, and an officer of the Navy of the Confederacy during the american Civil war (1861-1865), has been moved by a crane to the applause of witnesses to the scene, according to the local press.
The day before, another general of the army of the South, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, who had been removed from its pedestal on a large artery of the capital city of Virginia in which are installed several statues in honour of the senior officials southerners.
Shortly before, the mayor of Richmond, Levar Stoney, had ordered the ” immediate removal of many statues in the city, including the statues of confederate “.
Those are regarded by critics as a symbol of the glory of the legacy of slavery in the United States, at a time when the country is the theatre of a movement of anger history against racism after the death in recent months of several African Americans at the hands of white police officers.
The most symbolic is that of the commander-in-chief of the army of the south, general Robert Lee, a throne for a century in Richmond.
The mayor justified his decision by the need to “turn the page” for the city, who lived up here “under the weight” of his status as a former capital of the Southern pro-slavery during the civil war with the North.
“By removing them, we can begin to heal and focus our attention on the future,” he said, while admitting that ” the removal of these monuments is not a solution to (adjust) the racial injustices that are deeply rooted in our city and our country.”
The protests against racism and police violence follow each other for more than a month after the death of several African Americans killed by white police officers.
They have also re-ignited the sensitive debate on the legacy of the past slavery of the country, symbolized by these monuments that protesters have vandalized and might be tempted to put to earth a little everywhere on the territory.
For the advocates of these statues, on the contrary, they represent the history of the american South. President Donald Trump has in the past felt that their disappearance would “dismantle” the history and culture of the country.