16 Famous Statues And Monuments That Were Removed For Celebrating Criminals
The George Floyd protests have made people see how many of the statues and monuments we have today are symbols of oppression from the past. There are many statues and monuments that were erected throughout the United States that stood for people who were celebrated. But now since a revolution has begun against racism people have begun looking at these statues and the history behind the people they represent. Many of them were not only racists but were involved in other crimes.
1Statue of Joe Paterno
Joe Paterno was known to be the most victorious coach in NCAA FBS history with 409 victories. He was the head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions from 1966 to 2011. But in early November 2011, Jerry Sandusky who was the assistant coach to Paterno was charged with 52 counts of child sexual abuse. It was later revealed that Paterno and others knew about the abuse and did nothing. His statue in Penn State’s Beaver Stadium, Pennsylvania was taken down on July 22, 2012.
2Statue of Edward Colston
The statue that caused people to question the history of other famous statues and monuments was the statue of Edward Colston. It was created to celebrate his reputation as a great philanthropist. But, soon it was revealed that he was involved in the Atlantic slave trade. This angered citizens, who on 7 June 2020 toppled, defaced, and then pushed the statue into the Bristol Harbour.
3Statue of Saddam Hussein
One of the most well-known topplings of a famous statue belonged to Saddam Hussein. He was known to have many statues and portraits of himself around the land he governed but none were more famous than his statue in Firdos Square in Baghdad. It was erected in honor of his 65th birthday in 2002. In 2003 the statue was brought down shortly after the invasion of Iraq.
4One Riot, One Ranger statue
The One Riot, One Ranger statue was a bronze statue of a Texas Ranger that was s modeled after Jay Banks, who was part of the Texas Ranger Division in the 1950s. It was installed in 1962 but removed in June 2020. This was done because of the history the statue had with riots caused by a white lynch mob.