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World's Most Controversial Monuments

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Courtesy of Donna Lee Parker, Arcata, CA

Everyone’s a critic, but these monuments have sparked the biggest controversies. See what the fuss is about.

Statue of Arthur Ashe, Richmond, VA

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Having civil rights activist and athlete Arthur Ashe’s statue in the eternal company of white heroes of the Confederate States has enraged Richmond’s African American majority. Added to Monument Avenue in 1996, the sculpture depicts Ashe carrying a book and tennis racket, while a crowd of children reach up to him. From afar, it looks like Ashe is striking the children. Adding insult to injury, Ashe’s statue is shorter in stature than those of its Confederate company.

World's Most Controversial Monuments

Statue of Arthur Ashe, Richmond, VA

Having civil rights activist and athlete Arthur Ashe’s statue in the eternal company of white heroes of the Confederate States has enraged Richmond’s African American majority. Added to Monument Avenue in 1996, the sculpture depicts Ashe carrying a book and tennis racket, while a crowd of children reach up to him. From afar, it looks like Ashe is striking the children. Adding insult to injury, Ashe’s statue is shorter in stature than those of its Confederate company.

Courtesy of Donna Lee Parker, Arcata, CA
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