The movement against racism and social injustice following the killing of George Floyd has called out many to reconsider the statues, monuments, and memorials currently standing in a number of cities around the globe.

What started off as the toppling of statues that honored and celebrated slavery and racism has now grown into a whole parallel movement that pushes everyone to rethink people and events in history. Since protesters started taking down certain statues, city governments and private owners started to do the same.

Now, this may be one of the few times when statues are taken down virtually en-masse, but it is definitely not the first time statues are taken down in general as the people associated with them were later proven to be not worthy of one.

Bored Panda has collected a list of some of the most memorable statues that have been taken down for one reason or another. Check out the list below, and while you’re at it, be sure to vote and comment on them! And if you want more statues, Bored Panda has recently published an article on 29 statues that are better than the ones protesters are tearing down, commemorating heroes and events against the evils of the world.

#1

Bust of Bill Cosby (American comedian) in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida, taken down in July, 2015 due to accusations of sexual assault.

Walt Disney World Report

Norma Taylor
Community Member
5 months ago

So sad he turned out to an AHole

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#2

Commemorative brick dedicated to Gary Glitter (English glam rock singer) removed from the Wall of Fame at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. It was taken down in November, 2008 due to Glitter's possession of child pornography, child sexual abuse, and attempted rape of minors.

Man vyi Report

Norma Taylor
Community Member
5 months ago

Pathetic individual...unfortunately I remember him.

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#3

Statue of Joe Paterno (American football player) in Penn State's Beaver Stadium, Pennsylvania, taken down on July 22, 2012 due to his child sex abuse scandals.

Audrey Report

StormsTempest
Community Member
5 months ago

Burn it. Anyone who takes advantage of children deserves to be erased from history.

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#4

Statue of Leopold II Of Belgium (King of the Belgians) in Ekeren, Belgium, taken down in June, 2020 for colonialist exploitation and other atrocities.

John Scholte Report

Alex Barnett
Community Member
5 months ago

This guy was particularly bad. Murdered hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of Africans for rubber. Slavery had been abolished in Belgium, but since Congo was a colony he got away with it into the 20th century.

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#5

Statue of Edward Colston (English merchant) in Bristol, UK, taken down on 7 June, 2020 for his involvement in slave trade.

Simon Cobb Report

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
5 months ago

Let it drown :I

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#6

Statue of Saddam Hussein (President of Iraq) in Baghdad, Iraq, taken down on April 9, 2003 during the invasion of Iraq by the US forces.

Unknown U.S. military or Department of Defense employee Report

Up All Night
Community Member
5 months ago

You know you're a prick when you order your own statue.

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#7

Statue of Christopher Columbus (Italian navigator and admiral) in Richmond, Virginia, taken down, spray-painted, set on fire, and thrown into a nearby lake by protestors on June 9, 2020 in solidarity with Native Americans.

Smash the Iron Cage , CBS6 Report

Ksenia M
Community Member
5 months ago

I'm assuming the people who took the statue down also gave their land back to it's original owners and Richmond, Virginia is currently the property of Native Americans? Otherwise it's just "thoughts and prayers" with vandalism.

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#8

Statue of Frank Rizzo (American police officer and politician) in Center City Philadelphia, taken down on June 2, 2020 for his strong opposition against desegregation.

Jim Kenney Report

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
5 months ago

Melt it and make commemorative coins of BLM :D

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#9

A Confederate memorial in Jacksonville, Florida, taken down on June 9, 2020 as part of the mayor's plan to remove all confederate monuments, memorials, and markers during the George Floyd protests.

Michael Rivera Report

Toea Muresan Iulia
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

the column is beautiful, maybe they could have change this monument a bit, not take down entirely

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#10

Statue of Edward Ward Carmack (newspaperman and political figure) in Tennessee Capitol, taken down in June, 2020 for his views against African Americans and encouraged retaliation against the support of the Civil Rights Movement.

Kenneth C. Zirkel Report

Mihran Hovnanian
Community Member
5 months ago

Could it just be re-labelled as "Mark Twain"?

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#11

Statue of J.F.C. Hamilton (British Naval Officer and namesake of Hamilton City) in Hamilton, New Zealand, taken down on June 12, 2020 by the request of the Maori Tribal Confederation Waikato Tainui.

Kaya Report

K O
Community Member
5 months ago

He looks like a right prick too

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#12

"One Riot, One Ranger" statue In Dallas, Texas, removed on June 4, 2020 for its reference to a riot by a white lynch mob and for the statue's model being used in helping prevent black students from enrolling in public schools.

Corgan Report

Dianna Siever
Community Member
5 months ago

I'm confused by the history of this statue and find the explanation provided ambiguous. Maybe in just being thick. Could someone clarify?

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#13

Statue of Cecil John Rhodes (British mining magnate and politician) in Cape Town, South Africa, taken down on 9 April, 2015 as part of a protest to decolonialize education in South Africa.

Danie van der Merwe , Tony Carr Report

Gareth Kennedy
Community Member
5 months ago

Why then do the same people who tore down this statue accept the famed "Rhodes scholarship" to study at Oxford??? Funny how the scholarship is less offensive

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#14

Dunham Massey Hall Sundial, taken down in June, 2020 as a degrading depiction of slavery during the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests.

Mike Peel Report

Julia Mi
Community Member
5 months ago

when came the point when people accepted this depiction as "norm"?? Racism, nazism, and other diminishing ideology didn't become accepted over night... it's a slow process.... starting from making fun of different human features, finishing with gas chambers. We need to be aware of small things to prevent big ones. It's horrible what human to human can do...

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#15

Statue of Orville L. Hubbard (Mayor of Dearborn) in Dearborn, Michigan, taken down on September 29, 2015 due to his strong views and policies supporting racial segregation.

Anne B. Hood Report

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
5 months ago

Fucker -___-

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#16

Statue of Robert Milligan (Scottish merchant) in the Museum of London Docklands, taken down on June 9, 2020 for him being a slave owner.

Peter Trimming / Statue of Robert Milligan / CC BY-SA 2.0 Report

GumShoe359
Community Member
5 months ago

Agree with other comments. We have history books. Statues are for deserving individuals who did amazing memorable things.

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#17

Monument to Robert E. Lee (Confederate General) in New Orleans, Louisiana, taken down on May 19, 2017 as part of a removal of four monuments associated with the Confederacy.

Paulscrawl , Infrogmation of New Orleans Report

Musashi
Community Member
5 months ago

Public statues are a symbol of honor. Archaic statues, such as those of Roman tyrants, only belong in museums. History, if written as objectively as possible, will not forget the abject losers of the civil war. These deplorables authorized and administered the crime of human bondage the results of which we are still suffering. But they will not be lost to history just because they will no longer be allowed to be honored publicly.

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#18

Statue of Michael Jackson (American singer) in London, though officially not stated, it is speculated that it was removed in September, 2013 due to sexual allegations against Jackson.

Patche99z Report

Nothanks L. Walk
Community Member
5 months ago

FINALLY.

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#19

Statue of Jefferson Davis in Frankfort, Kentucky, moved on June 13, 2020 by a vote of the Historic Properties Advisory Commission to the Jefferson Davis State Historic Site due to him being a slave owner.

Daderot Report

Monty Glue
Community Member
5 months ago

Not to mention a traitor to the United States Constitution.

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#20

Bust of John Mcdonogh in New Orleans, Louisiana, taken down on June 13, 2020 for being a slave owner.

Infrogmation of New Orleans Report

Stille20
Community Member
5 months ago

This is a little tricky, because a lot of people owned slaves including presidents.

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#21

Statue of Jerry Richardson (Former NFL Owner) in Charlotte, North Carolina, taken down to prevent possible vandalism due to allegations of sexual harassment and racist remarks to his former employees.

USA Today Report

Up All Night
Community Member
5 months ago

Send me the kitty statues

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#22

Statue of Kate Smith (American singer) at the Xfinity Live! Philadelphia Arena, taken down on April 21, 2019 due to controversy surrounding her 1931 recordings of "That's Why Darkies Were Born" and "Pickaninny Heaven".

Peetlesnumber1 Report

Up All Night
Community Member
5 months ago

Now that's one ugly statue.

Celtic Pirate Queen
Community Member
5 months ago

She wasn't exactly a fashion model ~

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Dave P
Community Member
5 months ago

If people knew history before acting like idiots. The song "Why Darkies Were Born" was a satire song she co-wrote with an African-American song writer, Paul Robeson, making fun of white racists and racism. In fact they both sung the song together on stage several times. "Pickaninny Heaven" was another Paul Robeson song she sung with him as well. While she was documented as having some racist views, they were par for the course for her time in the 1930's. On the other hand she opposed segregation and was friends with many of the African-American singers of her day.

C Hypercube
Community Member
5 months ago

Whoever comissioned a statue with the open mouth pointed to the sky, forgot about pigeons.

Roslyn Madrid
Community Member
5 months ago

She also was famous during World War 2, for her many associations with the song, "God Bless America."

Roslyn Madrid
Community Member
5 months ago

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=kate+smith+god+bless+america+youtube&view=detail&mid=AF3D2CAA462A8637F76DAF3D2CAA462A8637F76D&FORM=VIRE0&ru=%2fsearch%3fq%3dkate%2bsmith%2bgod%2bbless%2bamerica%2byoutube%26form%3dWNSGPH%26qs%3dAS%26cvid%3db28f7c7ccb9742efaf64f696c3ee73d1%26pq%3dkate%2bsmith%2bgod%2bble%26cc%3dCA%26setlang%3den-CA%26nclid%3dE1935534199BB1189D88257CB46C1E7F%26ts%3d1592607786664%26nclidts%3d1592607786%26tsms%3d664%26wsso%3dModerate

John Kamau
Community Member
5 months ago

Wait, "That's why darkies were born?" like for real?!!!

CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
5 months ago

Holy crap. Those are songs?

Nia Loves Art
Community Member
5 months ago

This statue is ugly, but I don’t think it should have been removed for her racist songs. Those sort of minstrel-ish songs were unfortunately par for the course for the 1930’s, and many other white performers of the era have the same or worse in their catalogue. Also, Kate Smith had a long and illustrious career, and two offensive songs are not representative of her legacy.

Kika González
Community Member
5 months ago

What is the first song?!

M O'Connell
Community Member
5 months ago

It was a satirical piece, actually making fun of racists.

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Toea Muresan Iulia
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

ooooh yes! It causes nightmares...

Chris DiFonso
Community Member
5 months ago

Fortunately, I never knew of these songs. I hope there isn't a statue or plaque remaining of the person/people who wrote the songs.

BluEyedSeoulite
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5 months ago

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Wow. No jerks complaining about this one!... Yet

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#23

Statue of Williams Carter Wickham in Richmond, Virginia, taken down on June 6, 2020 due to him being a slave owner.

Richmond On The James , Andrew Ringle Report

Stille20
Community Member
5 months ago

Yea. a lot of people owned slaves, that was a social norm. I think that isn't a reason to take down the statue... if they were in some way a symbol of racial oppression, that's another story. Also there is a difference between pulled over by protesters and the city removed it.

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#24

Statue of Appomattox in Alexandria, Virginia, removed on June 2, 2020, was planned for removal after long discussions by the owner, United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Ser Amantio di NicolaoChe Report

Musashi
Community Member
5 months ago

Oh poor you. The South lost. Get over it.

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#25

Jefferson Davis Memorial in Richmond, Virginia, taken down on June 10, 2020 by protesters for depicting Jefferson Davis, a slave owner.

Martin Falbisoner Report

Toea Muresan Iulia
Community Member
5 months ago

if instead of him they put a godess or an eagle or something and make a fountain at his feet this could have been reused :)

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#26

Monument to Robert E. Lee (Confederate General) in New Orleans, Louisiana, taken down on May 19, 2017 as part of a removal of four monuments associated with the Confederacy.

Hal Jespersen Report

Katie South
Community Member
5 months ago

Captioned incorrectly. That is a picture of JEB Stuart on Monument Ave in Richmond VA

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#27

Statue of Charles Linn (Captain in the Confederate Navy) in Birmingham, Alabaman, toppled on May 31, 2020 by protestors who unsuccessfully attempted to remove the nearby Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument.

Daniel Uhlfelder , Mark Almond Report

Monty Glue
Community Member
5 months ago

Traitor

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#28

Slave Auction Block in Fredericksburg, Virginia, taken down on June 5, 2020 as a symbol of racial oppression.

Sarah Stierch Report

csaclint
Community Member
5 months ago

This should have been left. there is no better symbol of the atrocities of slavery, than to view the worn and weathered block men and women were stood upon to be sold as a commodity. This is not an insult, this is a testament

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#29

Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Birmingham, Alabama, removed in June, 2020, said to be taken down to ease continuing unrest originating from the George Floyd protests.

CBS Report

Stille20
Community Member
5 months ago

I have to disagree with this one. I understand removing confederate flags, but this is more a memorial than a glorification. However, not living in Alabama, it's hard to see how this is perceived there.

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