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We’re Tracking Confederate Monuments. Tell Us What’s on Your Campus.

August 22, 2017

Monuments celebrating figures of the Confederacy have surged back into the national spotlight after the deadly violence that erupted this month at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.

Since the violence in Charlottesville, some protesters have reacted by defacing or forcibly removing statues of Confederate generals and soldiers. Meanwhile, college leaders have grappled with questions of how to deal with the monuments, by adding context around them or removing them entirely. In some instances, universities — such as the University of Texas at Austin and Duke University — acted suddenly or following instances of vandalism.

To keep up with this conversation, The Chronicle has compiled a list of such monuments erected on college campuses in the decades following the Civil War. The list below includes physical markers such as statues, monuments, or plaques. It does not list buildings named for Confederate figures or symbols such as battle flags. Most of the entries are drawn from the work of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

In cases where a monument was removed, the "location" field in the table below reflects information about where that monument stood initially.

Are you aware of symbols or monuments that we've missed? Fill out the form below the table to help strengthen the data. We'll update the list as we obtain new information, and we'll correct errors that are brought to our attention.

Last updated: 8/30/17

CampusSymbolYear dedicatedLocationStatusNotesSource
Roanoke College "Johnny Reb" Confederate Soldier 1910 West Hall No Change Owned by city or county. The Roanoke Times, Salem Times-Register
Dixie State U. "Rebels" statue 1987 Dixie Convention Center Removed Put in storage in 2012; returned to artist in 2015 Salt Lake Tribune
U. of Mississippi "University Greys" Window Unknown Ventress Hall Unknown   olemiss.edu
U. of Texas at Austin Albert Sidney Johnston Statue 1932 Littlefield Memorial Removed Moved to the interior of a history center in August 2017. Houston Chronicle reporter, utexas.edu
U. of Alabama at Tuscaloosa Civil War Memorial 1914 Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library Unknown   The Historical Marker Database
U. of Mississippi Confederate Monument 1906 Lyceum Circle Context added Contextual plaque added in 2016. olemiss.edu, Smithsonian
Louisburg College Confederate Monument 1914 North Main Street No Change The monument stands within the campus boundaries, but is still owned by the city. unc.edu
U. of Louisville Confederate Monument 1895 Third Street Removed The monument stood within the campus boundaries, but was owned by the city. It was relocated to another town in 2016. louisville.edu, Washington Post
U. of Virginia Confederate Monument Unknown University Cemetery Unknown   virginia.edu
Sewanee: The U. of the South Edmund Kirby-Smith Monument 1940 University & Texas Avenues Unknown   Smithsonian
Florida State U. Francis Eppes Statue 2002 Legacy Walk No Change Students rejected effort to move statue in 2016. tallahassee.com, fsu.edu
Virginia Military Institute Francis H. Smith Statue 1931 Smith Hall No Change   vmi.edu
Randolph College George Morgan Jones Statue 1912 Moore Hall Removed Removed in August 2017. randolphcollege.edu
U. of Alabama at Tuscaloosa Hoole’s Tiffany Window 1925 W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library Unknown   ua.edu
Virginia Commonwealth U. Howitzer Monument 1892 Monroe Park Unknown   Smithsonian
Virginia Commonwealth U. Hunter Holmes McGuire Statue Unknown Capitol Square Under review   richmond.com
Texas State U. at San Marcos Jefferson Davis Highway Marker Unknown Sewell Park Removed Removed from campus in 2016 by Texas Department of Transportation. University Star, Texas Observer
Bowdoin College Jefferson Davis Plaque 1965 Pickard Theater in Memorial Hall Removed Moved to main library in August 2017. bowdoin.com,
U. of Texas at Austin Jefferson Davis Statue 1932 Littlefield Memorial Removed Moved to the interior of a history center in 2015. utexas.edu,
U. of Texas at Austin John H. Reagan Statue 1932 Littlefield Memorial Removed Moved to the interior of a history center in August 2017. Houston Chronicle reporter, utexas.edu
Texas A&M U. at College Station Lawrence "Sul" Ross Statue 1918 Academic Plaza No Change College president says statue will remain. Wikimedia photo, WTAW
Sul Ross State U. Lawrence "Sul" Ross Statue 2014 Ferguson Hall Unknown   sulross.edu
Sul Ross State U. Lawrence "Sul" Ross Statue 1963 Briscoe Administration Building Unknown   The Historical Marker Database
Sewanee: The U. of the South Leonidas Polk Sainted Glass Window Unknown All Saints' Chapel Unknown   Flickr.com
Virginia Military Institute New Market Monument 1903 Nichols Hall No Change   vmi.edu
Bronx Community College Robert E. Lee Bust Unknown CUNY Hall of Fame for Great Americans To be removed To be removed in August 2017. cuny.edu, Curbed.com
Duke U. Robert E. Lee Statue Unknown Duke Chapel Removed Removed in August 2017. CBS News, heraldsun.com
U. of Texas at Austin Robert E. Lee Statue 1932 Littlefield Memorial Removed Moved to the interior of a history center in August 2017. Houston Chronicle reporter, utexas.edu
Washington and Lee U. Robert E. Lee Statue 1883 Lee Chapel No Change Surrounding Confederate Flags removed 2014. Washington Lee University Website , Encyclopedia of Virginia
U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Silent Sam Confederate Soldiers Monument 1913 Mccorkle Place Unknown   ncdcr.gov
Mississippi State U. Stephen D. Lee Bust 1909 Drill Field Unknown   msstate.edu
Baylor U. Stone monuments dedicated to Baylor graduates in the Confederate Army Unknown Unknown Unknown   Texas Veterans Commission
Bronx Community College Stonewall Jackson Bust Unknown CUNY Hall of Fame for Great Americans To be removed To be removed in August 2017. cuny.edu, Curbed.com
Virginia Military Institute Stonewall Jackson Statue 1912 Jackson Arch Barracks No Change   vmi.edu
U. of Alabama at Tuscaloosa Storrs Cadet Troop 1916 Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library Unknown   The Historical Marker Database,
Clemson University Thomas Green Clemson Statue Unknown Tillman Hall Clock Tower No Change   Clemson.edu

 

Dan Bauman is a reporter who investigates and writes about all things data in higher education. Tweet him at @danbauman77 or email him at dan.bauman@chronicle.com.