Charleston church shooting sparked changes nationwide

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Posted: Jun 17, 2016 4:11 AM

In the wake of the shootings of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, officials nationwide have taken steps to distance themselves from Confederate symbols and names. Suspect Dylann Roof appeared in photos with the Confederate flag. Here is a look at some of those moves.

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ALABAMA

Gov. Robert Bentley removed four Confederate flags last June from the grounds of the Alabama Capitol but said he has no plan to remove a Confederate monument outside his office.

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ALASKA

An area in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta honoring Confederate General Wade Hampton, who served as South Carolina governor after the Civil War and made his way to office by terrorizing former slaves, was renamed.

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CALIFORNIA

A San Diego elementary school was renamed to stop honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

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FLORIDA

The legislature voted to replace the statue of Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith as one of the state's two contributions to the U.S. Capitol's National Statuary Hall Collection. The Senate voted to remove the Confederate battle flag from the chamber's seal.

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KANSAS

The Confederate flag was removed from Wichita's Veteran's Memorial Park.

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KENTUCKY

A judge cleared the way for the removal of a 120-year-old monument to Confederate soldiers that sits near the University of Louisville.

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LOUISIANA

The New Orleans city council voted in December to remove four Confederate-linked monuments from the city, including towering figures of Gens. Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard. The plan was put on hold following a ruling by a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals blocking the city from removing the monuments until an appeal is heard.

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MARYLAND

In October, a federal judge cleared the way for the state to recall license plates with images of the Confederate flag.

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MINNESOTA

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board voted to add Lake Calhoun's original tribal name to area signs. John C. Calhoun was a former U.S. vice president from South Carolina and proponent of slavery. The board has been asked to consider doing away with the Calhoun name altogether.

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MISSISSIPPI

The University of Mississippi, the University of Southern Mississippi and several local governments stopped displaying the state flag, which includes the Confederate battle emblem.

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MISSOURI

Officials recommended that a three-story Confederate memorial be removed from Forest Park, where it has stood for more than a century.

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MONTANA

Helena officials agreed to install signs explaining the history and controversy of a 98-year-old city park memorial honoring Confederate soldiers.

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NEW JERSEY

The nation's oldest and largest flag manufacturer decided a week after the shootings to stop making and selling the Confederate flag.

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OHIO

Ohio State Fair officials banned vendors from selling Confederate flag merchandise.

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PENNSYLVANIA

The bookstore at Gettysburg National Military Park stopped selling items that use the Confederate battle flag as a standalone feature.

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TENNESSEE

The city of Memphis has taken steps to remove an equestrian statue of Confederate General and Ku Klux Klan leader Nathan Bedford Forrest and to remove the graves of Forrest and his wife, who are buried under the statue.

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TEXAS

The Austin school board voted to rename Robert E. Lee Elementary. The Houston school board voted to rename seven schools named for Confederate leaders. A statue of Jefferson Davis was removed from its pedestal at the University of Texas at Austin. It will eventually be displayed in a history museum on campus.