McClatchy identified over 200 memorials dedicated to the Confederacy – excluding memorials generally to the Civil War, battlefields and historical markers.
The majority of the memorials were smaller ones built before World War I, generally on public land such as town squares or courthouses. Prior to the beginning of the 20th Century, 35 such memorials were built. In the decade and a half, before the outbreak of the first world war, 100 new memorials were constructed.
The earliest two were both built in 1871 – in DeFuniak Springs, Florida, and Liberty, Mississippi.
Between 1920 and 1955, another 34 memorials were erected.
The pace picked up again in the mid-fifties with one being built almost every year until 1966. After the Civil Rights movement began, though, the pace slowed again with just three more being built during the rest of the 1900s.
Since 2000, construction quickened again with a large new plaza with multiple confederate flags being dedicated in Palestine, Texas, and a memorial, which boasts the "world's largest Confederate flag," going up in Brandon, Florida. A planned memorial near Interstate 10 in Orange, Texas, will be the seventh constructed since 2000.
Emma Baccellieri, Daniel Desrochers, Samantha Ehlinger and Corinne Kennedy contributed to this report