Per NBC Bay Area, protesters tore down statues of people in history across the country, condemning them for their ties to slavery, all on Juneteenth, the day to celebrate the freeing of enslaved people over a century and a half ago.
Several videos surfaced on social media Friday of statues of St. Junípero Serra, Ulysses S. Grant and Francis Scott Key being torn down in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.
A similar scene took place in Downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. Two confederate monuments torn down, one of them was dragged through the street and left on the courthouse steps.
Nearby statue of Ulysses S. Grant is also toppled. He was a slave owner too, before the Civil War. That’s three for three this night. pic.twitter.com/Lyw6bXeOTO
— Joe Rivano Barros (@jrivanob) June 20, 2020
Demonstrators topple statues in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.
— NBC Bay Area (@nbcbayarea) June 20, 2020