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As the Washington Post reported a small group of people with tools and rope brought the statue down using a car.

Richmond police were on the scene and crowds cheered as the statue was towed away.

The day prior, protesters eyed a statue of Christopher Columbus in Byrd Park. The group used ropes and placed a sign on the statue that read, "Columbus represents genocide" as the statue was spray painted. When it was finally toppled, the group lit it on fire and rolled it into a lake.

On Saturday night, a statue of Confederate Gen. Williams Carter Wickham in Monroe Park met a similar fate. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that a small group of protesters used ropes to rip the statue down after most protesters had dispersed that night. One person urinated on the statue and ran away, the newspaper reported.

Columbus beheaded in Boston

A statue of Christopher Columbus was decapitated in Boston with its head found nearby early Wednesday.

The statue, which has been spray-painted and beheaded before, will be fully taken down by city officials and placed into storage as its future is determined, Mayor Marty Walsh said.

Portsmouth, Virginia, protesters behead four Confederates, tear one down

Four statues at a Confederate memorial in Portsmouth, Virginia, just outside of Norfolk, had their heads removed by a group of protesters Wednesday night, the Virginian-Pilot reported.

A tow rope was used to topple one of the statues, but a man was hit on the head as it fell, the newspaper reported. At one point, the rope snapped, and the group hurled bricks and worked to dismantle one of the statues, the Pilot reported.

According to the Pilot, the city's legislators were to meet virtually to determine the memorial's future on Wednesday but decided to delay debate until next month.

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Columbus statue outside Minnesota Capitol toppled 

On Wednesday, protesters threw a rope around the bronze statue of Christopher Columbus outside the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul and pulled it down.

The group celebrated afterward with Native American singing and drumming, and state troopers formed a line around the statue so it could be taken away.

Lee statue torn down outside Lee high school in Montgomery, Alabama

The statue of Confederate commander Robert E. Lee was toppled from its pedestal in front of its namesake high school in Montgomery, Alabama on June 1.

Cheers went up among a small crowd gathered to watch the fallen general as cars circled the area and honked. As the statue was driven away, the crowd sang a brief, "Hey, he-ey, goodbye."

The statue was overturned on a state holiday commemorating Jefferson Davis' birthday. It is one of three Alabama holidays celebrating the Confederacy. 

The Montgomery Public School district said the statue has since been moved to storage

Birmingham, Alabama, protesters rip down Linn statue; city takes down obelisk

On May 31, a group of protesters gathered in Linn Park dismantled the brass cast of Charles Linn, a captain in the Confederate Navy, from its base. 

The group tried but could not topple a 50-foot-tall Confederate obelisk. Mayor Randall Woodfin later ordered crews to take the obelisk down.

The decision drew swift reaction from the state Attorney General Steve Marshall, who filed a suit against the city seeking a fine for violating a state law protecting like monuments.

Carmack statue torn down outside Tennessee Capitol

A statue of Edward Carmack, who was known for writing editorials attacking fellow journalist Ida B. Wells and encouraging retaliation against her, was torn down outside the Tennessee Capitol in Nashville on May 30.

Carmack was an early 1900s politician and newspaper editor who was fatally shot near the Capitol in 1908 as part of an ongoing dispute over favorable prohibitionist coverage in the Tennessean.

Contributing: Melissa Brown, Kirsten Fiscus and Krista Johnson, Montgomery Advertiser; Natalie Allison, Nashville Tennessean; The Associated Press

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