Whose Heritage?

A Report on Public Symbols of the Confederacy

The Civil War ended 153 years ago. The Confederacy, as Mitch Landrieu said, was on the wrong side of humanity. Our public entities should no longer play a role in distorting history by honoring a secessionist government that waged war against the United States to preserve white supremacy and the enslavement of millions of people.

It’s past time for the South – and the rest of the nation – to bury the myth of the Lost Cause once and for all.


The 2015 massacre of nine African Americans at the historic “Mother Emanuel” church in Charleston sparked a nationwide movement to remove Confederate monuments, flags and other symbols from the public square, and to rename schools, parks, roads and other public works that pay homage to the Confederacy. Yet, today, the vast majority of these emblems remain in place.

In this updated edition of the 2016 report Whose Heritage?, the SPLC identifies 113 Confederate symbols that have been removed since the Charleston attack – and 1,740 that still stand.

Read about the 1,740 monuments, place names and other symbols still in place honoring the Confederacy.
Take action in your community to remove symbols of the confederacy.
Across the United States, there are statues and memorials that illustrate complex lessons of muddled history and regional pride.

Robert E. Lee is as tall as a nine-story building. Jefferson Davis’ nose is the size of a sofa. Stone Mountain in Georgia is often considered "the largest shrine to white supremacy in the world."

Removing symbols of the Confederacy can be daunting. But by speaking up, you are taking a step toward building a community where the values of equal justice and equal opportunity are shared by all.