Rep. Nancy Pelosi calls for Confederate statues removal from Capitol

Pelosi said in a statement Thursday that, “The Confederate statues in the halls of congress have always been reprehensible. If Republicans are serious about rejecting white supremacy, I call upon Speaker Ryan to join Democrats to remove the Confederate statues from the Capital immediately.”

>> Read more trending news 

Pelosi noted that Robert E. Lee’s statue was moved from National Statuary Hall and replaced with a statue of Rosa Parks.

“There is no room for celebrating the violent bigotry of the men of the Confederacy in the hallowed halls of the United States Capitol or in places of honor across the country,” Pelosi added in the statement.

Each state can install two statues to represent the state in the Capitol’s National Statuary Hallthe Associated Press reported.

Some of the statues in question include Lee’s from Virginia, Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America, installed by Mississippi and Alexander Hamilton Stephens, the CSA vice president, installed by Georgia.

Confederate statues at US Capitol
Associated Press

Sen. Corey Booker, (D) N.J., said he would sponsor legislation to remove Confederate statues from the Capitol, the AP reported.

Thank you for reading the Springfield News-Sun and for supporting local journalism. Subscribers: log in for access to your daily ePaper and premium newsletters.

Thank you for supporting in-depth local journalism with your subscription to the Springfield News-Sun. Get more news when you want it with email newsletters just for subscribers. Sign up here.

X