A monument depicting George Preston Marshall, founder of the Washington Redskins, was removed Friday morning after it had been vandalized in front of RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.
The words “change the name” had been spray-painted on the monument outside the stadium where the team used to play.
Officials for Events D.C., which manages and owns various D.C. venues, said in a statement Friday that the statue will not return, adding that its removal “is a small and an overdue step on the road to lasting equality and justice.”
Marshall was known for not signing African American players until the federal government forced his hand in 1962.
Protesters nationwide have targeted controversial statues and monuments following the police killing of George Floyd on May 25. Demonstrators have called for the removal of statues ranging from Christopher Columbus to Confederate leaders.