Actions taken to remove Confederate monuments from public space following this past weekend's horrific events in Charlottesville spanned from coast to coast on Wednesday, August 16. Only two days after protesters tore down a Confederate statue in Durham, NC, moves were made to deal with monuments that remained erected in Baltimore, Birmingham, and Brooklyn. Then there was a 6-foot tall relic that has survived in Hollywood since 1925, and that too was removed.
The Hollywood Forever Cemetery succumbed to a sea of requests to displace the monument, at around 4 am on Tuesday. The cemetery will reportedly put it into storage until the organization in charge of it, the Daughters of the Confederacy, decide what they will do with it. While a spokesperson for the Daughters of the Confederacy pointed to the unfortunate reality of having to uproot an artifact of history, it is unlikely that they will get the push necessary to place it back up in a town like Hollywood, leaving the spokeswoman with only words of regret over the removal. "All we wanted was peace, quiet, as we had for many years. Cemeteries should be respected,'" she reportedly said.
The move comes within 24 hours of the President firing off about the removal of historical monuments, when during a controversial press conference in which he posed that some of those demonstrating along Nazis and white supremacists were regular folks fighting the removal of a Gen. Robert E. Lee statue. "This week it's Robert E. Lee. I notice that Stonewall Jackson's coming down," Trump said during a visit to Trump Tower in New York. "I wonder, is it George Washington next week, and is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You know you really do have to ask yourself, where does it stop?" Trump asked aloud while defending the alt-right's position.