Rioters in San Francisco on Friday tore down a statue of Ulysses S. Grant — the Republican Union general responsible for defeating the Confederacy in the American Civil War, who also served as the 18th president of the United States.
Around 8:00 p.m., approximately 400 people gathered to topple the statue located in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco police reported.
Grant played a crucial role in helping President Abraham Lincoln win the Civil War, bringing an end to slavery in the United States.
"During the Civil War, Grant, an aggressive and determined leader, was given command of all the U.S. armies. After the war he became a national hero, and the Republicans nominated him for president in 1868," The History channel wrote.
"A primary focus of Grant's administration was Reconstruction, and he worked to reconcile the North and South while also attempting to protect the civil rights of newly freed black slaves."
The four-star general also signed into law the Third Force Act, also known as the KKK or the Civil Rights Act of 1871, that allowed him to use armed forces to suppress the KKK — a group that terrorized blacks and Republicans and was founded by Democrat Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest.
"The Third Force Act, also known as the KKK or the Civil Rights Act of 1871, empowered President Ulysses S. Grant to use the armed forces to combat those who conspired to deny equal protection of the laws...," Politico reported.
According to Sean Kane, interpretations and programs specialist at The American Civil War Museum, Grant owned one slave for "about a year" before setting him free "before the start of the Civil War."
The statues of St. Junipero Serra and Francis Scott Key were torn down as well.