Statue of General Robert E. Lee removed from U.S. Congress

Statue of General Robert E. Lee removed from U.S. Congress

A statue of Southern commander-in-chief during the American Civil War, General Robert E. Lee, has been removed from the Capitol building.

A sculpture of black civil rights activist Barbara Rose Jones is expected to take its place. She famously led a strike against racial segregation by students in a Virginia school in 1951 at the age of 16, which led to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 1954 that segregation in public schools was unconstitutional.

Earlier, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for the removal of 11 Confederate statues in the Capitol building. In her opinion, the sculptures in the congress building should represent the highest ideals of Americans, and the current ones only insult them.

In May 2020, on the wave of mass protests against police brutality, caused by the death of African American George Floyd during his arrest, a new wave of struggle against confederate monuments began in the United States.