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Confederate statues are going down everywhere except inside U.S. Capitol Building

Confederate statues still on display in Congress
Confederate statues are going down everywhere except inside U.S. Capitol Building
Posted at 4:08 PM, Jul 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-02 16:08:56-04

Across the country, confederate statues and symbols are going down.

Just this week, Mississippi voted to change its flag which featured the old confederate flag. On Wednesday night, a statue of Stonewall Jackson was taken down in Richmond, VA.

NO CHANGES INSIDE CAPITOL

While changes are no doubt underway around the country, the 11 statues representing Confederate soldiers and officials are on display as part of the National Statuary Hall collection in the United States Capitol.

"They committed treason against the United States," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a recent press conference.

Pelosi wrote a letter asking for the Confederate men to be removed, however she doesn't have the power to do so unilaterally.

Senator Mitch McConnell has said he won't pass a new law to change that

"What I do think is clearly a bridge too far - this nonsense that we need to airbrush the Capitol, I mean eight former presidents owned slaves," McConnell told reporters recently.

STATUES IN CONGRESS ARE CONTROLLED BY STATES

Currently, each state gets to send two statues to display inside the United States Capitol. Often times, the state legislature decides which statue is represented, which can get political

The full list is available here, however these are the 11 confederate men represented in the collection:

Jefferson Davis, President of Confederate States of America, Mississippi

James Zachariah George, Reconstruction leader and white supremacist, Mississippi

Wade Hampton, One of the largest slaveholders in the Southeast, South Carolina

John E. Kenna, Confederate soldier, West Virginia

Robert E. Lee, Commander of the Confederate States Army, Virginia

Uriah Milton Rose, Confederacy supporter, Arkansas .

Edmund Kirby Smith, Confederate soldier and slave holder, Florida.

Alexander Hamilton Stephens, Vice president of the Confederate States, Georgia

Zebulon Baird Vance, Confederate military member, North Carolina

Joseph Wheeler, Commander in the Confederate Army of Tennessee, Alabama

Edward Douglass White, Confederate solider, Louisiana