A commemorative plaque for former President Jefferson Davis was removed from a Hudson’s Bay Company building in downtown Montreal.
spokeswoman Tiffany Bourré confirmed in an email to Quebec Daily Exaimner that the company had removed the plate Tuesday night. It was located on a building in Hudson’s Bay on Union Avenue near Phillips Square.
The artifact paid tribute to Jefferson Davis, the president of the confederate states of the southern United States during the civil war. A controversial character, his statue had been removed from the public square in New Orleans, Louisiana, in May.
On the plaque in Montreal, it was written that Jefferson Davis had been lodged at the home of John Lovell, a Montreal-based businessman of Irish descent who once lived in the Hudson’s Bay building.
The monument was erected in 1967 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy – an association of southern women whose aim was to pay tribute to the army soldiers of the Confederate States.
Several citizens were pressing for the plaque to be removed after a supremacist rally had degenerated into Virginia last weekend. A car has sunk into a crowd of anti-racist demonstrators.
Quebecers had asked the mayor of Montreal, Denis Coderre, to intervene.
However, a mayor spokesman said the plaque was on a private building, so the municipality could not do anything about it.