FILE - In this June 24, 2015 file photo, a statue of Alexander Hamilton Stephens, the Confederate vice president throughout the American Civil War, is on display in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif is calling for the removal of Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol as the contentious debate over the appropriateness of such memorials moves to the halls of Congress. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi wants to continue the effort to remove Confederate statues from the halls of Congress.
Pelosi said in a statement Thursday that, “The Confederate statues in the halls of congress have always been reprehensible. If Republicans are serious about rejecting white supremacy, I call upon Speaker Ryan to join Democrats to remove the Confederate statues from the Capital immediately.”
Pelosi noted that Robert E. Lee’s statue was moved from National Statuary Hall and replaced with a statue of Rosa Parks.
“There is no room for celebrating the violent bigotry of the men of the Confederacy in the hallowed halls of the United States Capitol or in places of honor across the country,” Pelosi added in the statement.
Some of the statues in question include Lee’s from Virginia, Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America, installed by Mississippi and Alexander Hamilton Stephens, the CSA vice president, installed by Georgia.
Sen. Corey Booker, (D) N.J., said he would sponsor legislation to remove Confederate statues from the Capitol, the AP reported.