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There are about 1,700 Confederate symbols still standing in the United States. Here's where they are.

Confederate symbols are being taken down across America, whether by protesters or local leaders. An advocacy group says there are thousands of them still in existence.

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There are Confederate symbols across the country, and they are back in the limelight once again in the wake of nationwide protests due to the deaths of unarmed black men and women like George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

Protesters have taken aim at monuments honoring Confederate leaders like Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee, spray painting graffiti on them and even toppling statues on their own. In Richmond, Virginia, demonstrators brought down statues of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy.

But it’s not just protesters that are challenging Confederate symbols. NASCAR banned the Confederate flag from its races and properties. Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr., NASCAR Cup Series’ lone black driver, called for the ban of the flag saying the sport has “no place” for them. The U.S. Marine Corps banned depictions of Confederate battle flags from Marine installations.

U.S. army officials are considering the removal of the names of Confederate leaders from U.S. military bases. President Donald Trump said his administration will “not even consider” changing the name of any of those army bases.

Lawmakers in states that have Confederate statues erected are also responding to the protests. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam ordered on June 4 the removal of the Gen. Robert E. Lee statue that stands four blocks away from the Davis statue.

Virginia Democratic State Senator Jennifer McClellan, a black woman, would drive by the Lee statue almost everyday en route to her Richmond home."I think this is a first step in beginning the process to heal wounds that have been festering for 400 years," she said of the Lee statue removal. "Now we can finally begin the process of healing that wound. This cannot be the only step."

The Confederate States of America existed only briefly -- for just four years, from 1861 to 1865 during the Civil War -- yet 150 years later, its symbols remain across the country.

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In 2019, the Southern Poverty Law Center released a report to update its database on the number of Confederate emblems in the United States. The advocacy group presented its findings in 2016 following the Charleston church shooting that claimed the lives of nine people, all of whom were black. The attacker, Dylann Roof, was inspired by racist hate groups and told friends he wanted to start a “race war.”

The center said 143 Confederate symbols have been removed, relocated or renamed since the Charleston attack, and nearly 1,700 are still standing. Those symbols include schools, roadways and even city and county names across the country.

“History has shown us that Confederate monuments were erected to intimidate black people, while preserving a revisionist history which romanticizes brutality and racism,” said Lecia Brooks, chief workplace transformation officer for the SPLC.

Statues and other monuments dedicated to the Confederacy have been a point of contention for some time. Some say they are racist symbols of America's dark legacy of slavery and representative of traitors to the country. Others claim these monuments preserve the nation’s heritage and history.

Confederate symbols have increasingly become rallying call for white supremacists.

“Confederate monuments and symbols have no place in the public domain. They must be removed in order for our nation to reconcile with the truth of its painful past and treatment of black people," Brooks said.