Virginia protesters demolished a monument to Army General Williams Carter Wickham, who fought on the Confederate side during the US Civil War, reports CBS6.
According to the channel, the protesters threw a 129-year-old statue from the pedestal during the protests on Saturday night. The pedestal of the statue demonstrators painted graffiti.
The Wickham Monument was erected in 1891 in the capital of Virginia, Richmond, which during the Civil War of 1861-1865 was the capital of the southern slave states. Wickham was a prominent Confederate general and politician.
According to media reports, in 2017, the descendants of Wickham appealed to the city authorities to dismantle the monument, since “the owner of the plantation, Confederation General Wickham inexcusably built up power and wealth by exploiting people who were enslaved.”
Earlier, state governor Ralph Northam said at a press conference that he had ordered the removal of the famous statue of General Robert Lee, commander in chief of the slave states during the US Civil War. A statue was also demolished this week for Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War.
Since the end of May, protests and riots have been taking place in many large cities in the United States over the death of African-American George Floyd during police detention. One of the policemen, who knelt over Floyd’s neck for several minutes, was charged with murder, the other three of complicity in the murder.