Raphael Semmes, Mobile, AL, USA

A statue of Confederate Admiral Raphael Semmes was removed in Mobile, Alabama by order of Mayor Sandy Stimpson

After being vandalized during a protest the week of June th, it was removed overnight without any public notice. The mayor revealed via a Twitter thread1 that he had ordered the removal, saying “Moving this statue will not change the past. It is about removing a potential distraction so we may focus clearly on the future of our city”

Semmes was an Admiral in the Confederate Navy who sunk Union-allied commerce ships during the Civil War. After the war, he became a “Lost Cause” advocate, aiding in the rewriting of history as to the real reason for the Civil War.


  1. Twitter thread from Mayor Stimpson ↩︎

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