Symbols of the Confederacy in America

The Southern Poverty Law Center released a report called: Whose Heritage? Public Symbols of the Confederacy.

  • There are at least 1,500 symbols of the Confederacy in public places.
  • At least 109 public schools are named after Confederate leaders.
  • Twenty-seven of these schools have student populations that are majority African-American.
  • Ten of these schools have student populations that are at least 90 percent African-American.
  • At least 39 of these schools were built or dedicated between 1950 and 1970.
  • There are more than 700 Confederate statues or monuments throughout America.
  • The majority (551) were built or dedicated before 1950.
  • At least 45 of them were built or dedicated between the Supreme Court’s ruling desegregating public schools in 1954 and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King in 1968.
  • Virginia has 96 Confederate statues or monuments.
  • Georgia and North Carolina each have 90.
  • Texas has 66.
  • South Carolina has 50.
  • Alabama and Mississippi each have 48.
  • Tennessee has 43.
  • Louisiana has 37.
  • Arkansas has 36.
  • Florida has 25 Confederate statues or monuments.
  • Kentucky and Missouri were claimed by the Confederacy. Kentucky has 41 Confederate statues or monuments. Missouri has 14.
  • Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia have at least one Confederate statue or monument.
  • The Mississippi state flag incorporates the Confederate battle flag.
  • Emblems that adorn the uniforms of the Alabama state troopers contain a likeness of the Confederate flag.
  • The Confederate flag flies at the courthouses in Grady and Rabun counties in Georgia, Carrol County in Mississippi, and Walton County in Florida.
  • There are 10 major military bases named after Confederate military leaders.
  • Six states: Alabama; Arkansas; Mississippi; South Carolina; Texas; and Virginia have state holidays honoring the Confederacy or Confederate leaders.
  • Alabama and Mississippi each have at least two official state holidays honoring the Confederacy.
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