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Please note that this data set includes removed symbols. If you filter by a single column to find out how many symbols are in a particular state, for example, it will include ones that were removed. If you only want to view symbols still on public land you will need to exclude removed ones.

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Last Refresh Date: 08/10/2022
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Beginning on 7/27/18, this data will be updated on a rolling basis so that it is always as current as possible. The day and time of the most recent update will be posted above.
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Column NamesDescription
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Unique IDThis is a unique identifier for each memorial that is generated automatically by the database. If you have an update to report to us, please include the Unique ID of the symbol.
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Feature NameThis is the name of the memorial. When an official name is listed in the database where the data is sourced from, SPLC uses the official name. In the absence of an official name, SPLC researchers assign a descriptive name to the memorial.
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HonoreeThe person who the memorial honors. Most often, researchers assign an honoree based on the name of a memorial. Occasionally, an honoree is assigned based on the likeness or image of somebody depicted in a memorial. If there are multiple honorees, all are listed.
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CityThe city that houses the memorial.
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CountyThe county that houses the memorial.
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StateThe state that houses the memorial.
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SideThis tracks whether the memorial was located in the North, South, or a border state during the Civil War. If a memorial is in a locality that was not yet a state, it is marked Not a State.
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CoordinatesThis is the latitude and longitude of a memorial. SPLC uses Google Maps and Google Street View to obtain and verify coordinates.
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Symbol TypeSPLC identifies six primary types of memorials. Those are: Monument, Roadway, Other, County/Municipality, Building, and School.
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SponsorSometimes, a specific individual or group, like the United Daughters of the Confederacy or the Sons of Confederate Veterans, sponsored a Confederate memorial. Monuments are more likely to have a sponsor than other types of memorials. Usually, the name of the sponsor is displayed on the monument. Occasionally this information is culled from online or archival research.
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Year DedicatedThis field denotes the year a memorial was officially dedicated. Monuments are most likely to have a year dedicated on them, though occasionally this information is culled from online or archival research. In some cases, when the year dedicated is unknown, but the year completed is known, that figure will be input into this entry.
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Year RemovedIf a monument has been removed, that year is recorded here.
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Tracking StatusSPLC uses five different designations to reflect the status of a memorial.
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Live: The memorial met SPLC’s criteria and is currently on display. Monuments where part has
been removed but references to the Confederacy remain—such as a pedestal which includes
Confederate names or symbols—will be considered live. This also applies to monuments that have
been altered (for example, switching from the Confederate States of America battle flag to the First
National Flag) but still fit the criteria for designation as a Confederate memorial.
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Relocated: The memorial met SPLC’s criteria and has been relocated from one site to another. For example, often a municipality will move a statue from a prominent public location—such as a courthouse—to a less visible location, such as a cemetery. This includes memorials that are in storage while officials decide where to put them as well as memorials in undisclosed locations. It also includes memorials that have been returned to individuals who display these memorials on private property and welcome the public to view them.
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Removed: The memorial met SPLC’s criteria and has been removed in its entirety. There is no indication that it will be returned to public or private land for public viewing, even if it was illegally removed. Monuments in storage that will not be put back up in public will be considered removed. If a memorial was stolen and has not been returned within 1.5 years, SPLC considers the memorial removed.
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Pending: When the local governing board has voted to remove the memorial, but the object has not
been physically removed, it is considered pending. Moreover, if the monument has been removed
but there is credible ongoing legal action to reinstate the monument, it is characterized as pending.
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Renamed: The object met SPLC’s designation for a Confederate memorial but has been renamed.
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Symbol LocationThough not every memorial fits within the locations listed below, those that do are characterized
accordingly. There are seven different symbol locations: Cemetery, College, Courthouse grounds,
federal land, government office grounds, military, and private land.
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Symbol Type OtherSPLC further differentiates between types of memorials. Those are: Body of water,
Bridge, College, Commemorative License Plate, Flag (any flag featuring Confederate iconography),
Holiday, Other, Park, Plaque, Prison, Scholarship, Seal, Song, School District, and Marker
(throughout the South, there are historic markers about the Civil War, which often focus on military
battles and Confederate leaders. At present time, few of these markers are included. While they contribute
to a highly problematic narrative about the Civil War that eschews slavery and the events leading up to the war,
as well as the effects of the war on women, civilians, and the enslaved, the information in them is
usually factually true. Markers that engaged in Lost Cause propaganda were included. This is an area
which merits further research and analysis — especially markers that record banal aspects of the war,
such as noting a structure where Robert E. Lee, for example, spent the night, which is an attempt to
deify him by memorializing every place he stepped foot.)
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Special Notes
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*The asterisk refers to paid federal holidays.
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The plus refers to symbols that were approved for removal in the future. Only symbols with official removal dates in the future were included as "removed." If a locality is considering removal, but has not officially designated a removal date, the symbol was not included as "removed."
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Additional Tabs (Pivot Tables)Counts do not include removed symbols unless stated
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Whose Heritage MasterIncludes all of the data
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Symbol Type Count by State- LiveTotals of all live and live (statue removed, pedestal remains) memorials by state and type
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Symbol Type Count by State- RemovedTotals of all removed, relocated, and renamed memorials by state and type
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Symbol Type Count by CountyTotals of all live and live (statue removed, pedestal remains) memorials by county and type
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Symbol Type Count by CityTotals of all live and live (statue removed, pedestal remains) memorials by city and type
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Statue Removed; Pedestal RemainsTotals of all memorials where the statue has been removed but the pedestal still remains
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Schools Named After ConfederatesShows live schools named after Confederates
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Dedications Per YearShows all dedications per year (includes all statuses)
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