News & Opinion | June 5, 2018 11:19 am

Since 2015, 110 Confederate Monuments Have Been Taken Down

New report charts the accelerated pace of removals since the Emanuel AME Church massacre.

Protesters gather in front of the old Durham County Courthouse where days earlier a confederate statue was toppled by demonstrators, in Durham, North Carolina, on August 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Logan Cyrus        (Photo credit should read LOGAN CYRUS/AFP/Getty Images)
Protesters gather in front of the old Durham County Courthouse where days earlier a confederate statue was toppled by demonstrators, in Durham, North Carolina, on August 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Logan Cyrus (Photo credit should read LOGAN CYRUS/AFP/Getty Images)
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A new report by the Southern Poverty Law Center states that 110 Confederate monuments have been taken down in the United States since 2015.

According to the Associated Press, the Emanuel AME Church shooting that killed nine African-American parishioners in Charleston, South Carolina three years ago has inspired a broad anti-Confederate monument movement. Since then, the monuments have come down at a rate of about three per month nationwide. The monuments counted in this number include everything from Confederate statues to flags to renamed roads.

“I think [that shooting] kind of signified something monumental,” said the director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, Heidi Beirich. But according to the report, more than 1,700 Confederate monuments of some kind remain intact across the country.