The busts of two Confederate generals were removed from their pedestals at Bronx Community College in a move applauded by students there Friday.
“Hell, yeah, I’m happy it’s removed,” said Jessica Sutherland, 24, who’s majoring in journalism and philosophy.
“White supremists aren’t role models. We need to display people who have love for all humanity.”
Liberal-arts major Andres Montanero, 20, called it a “good thing” the monuments honoring Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson were no longer on display.
“For some people, it’s still offensive,” Montanero said.
“We should put up different statues, maybe people who made a difference in the past five years.”
College President Thomas Isekengbe on Wednesday announced plans to remove and replace the bronze busts in the Hall of Fame for Great Americans, an open-air colonnade overlooking the Harlem River that was dedicated in 1901.
“We hope that this change will better reflect the values and beliefs of CUNY and BCC and allow for continued dialogue about building an inclusive Hall of Fame moving forward,” he said at the time.
The move came amid continuing outrage over the deadly violence that erupted at a rally of white supremacists who gathered in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday to oppose the planned removal of a Lee statue from a downtown park.
Heather Heyer, 32, was killed when by a car — allegedly driven by Nazi fanatic Alex James Fields, 20 — plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters.
The college didn’t immediately say what was done with the statues, or which historic figures would replace them.