Jun 20, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Washington, D.C.'s only Confederate statue sacked during protest

A protester takes a photo of a toppled Confederate statue that's been spray painted and tied up with rope
Photo: Maya Alleruzzo/AP

Protesters toppled the only statue of a Confederate general in the nation's capital and set it on fire on Juneteenth, the day marking the end of slavery.

The state of play: In Judiciary Square, cheering demonstrators jumped up and down as the 11-foot statue of Confederate general Albert Pike, dedicated in 1901, wobbled on its high granite pedestal before falling backward, AP reports.

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