110 Confederate monuments, symbols removed since Emanuel AME shooting

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A new report released Monday details the number of Confederate monuments removed since the Emmanuel AME shooting in 2015.

The Southern Poverty Law Center says 110 Confederate monuments and symbols across the country have been removed since nine people were killed inside the downtown Charleston church. Removals included 47 monuments, four flags, 37 school name changes, and seven park name changes. The names of three buildings and seven roads were also changed.

SPLC says 82 of the removals were in former Confederate states, but only one of those removals came in the state of South Carolina. According to the dataset released along with the updated study, 12 naming conventions still exist in the city of Charleston for people the SPLC believes supported the Confederate cause. Three of those 12 are monuments while the other nine are roads. 

The whole set of data can be found here.

A 2016 report from the SPLC stated 1,503 monuments, place names, state holidays and other symbols of the Confederacy existed in public spaces. The updated number released Monday now stands at 1,728 confederate symbols. The SPLC says the rise can be attributed to new information from government entities, journalists, and others who "reexamined the symbols in their locales."

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