One year after the first white supremacist "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Confederate statues are still coming down around the country.

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Data: Southern Poverty Law Center; Chart: Harry Stevens/Axios

The big picture: After last year's rally, which resulted in one woman's death and scores injured, cities around the country were confronted with demands to rid Confederate monuments and symbols. And a year later, the wave continues as the same rally returns to the nation's capital.

Where things stand

A Nashville judge ruled in May that the removal of three Memphis statues last year was legal.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced this week that two statues honoring John B. Castleman and George D. Prentice would be removed by the end of the year.

The other side:

Some are calling for Austin, Texas, to change its name as it represents Stephen F. Austin, a defender of slavery.

The state leading the way in statue removal is Texas, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The project director for the confederate statue project, Heidi Beirich told CNN that's thanks to the people: "It's a community push to have conversations about race... It's a little bit more of a groundswell."

Yes, but: Two statues in Charlottesville of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson are still standing.

  • Seven states have laws in place to prevent such removals, per ABC News: Virginia, South Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and North Carolina.

Go deeper, with a look at the preparations ahead of this weekend's "Unite the Right" rally.

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