08/16/2017 13:27 EDT | Updated 08/16/2017 14:51 EDT

Montreal Hudson's Bay Building Gets Rid Of Its Confederate Plaque

The company didn't specify why it made the move.

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The entrance to a Hudson Bay Company department store in downtown Montreal on June 30, 2015.

MONTREAL — A commemorative plaque honouring a former president of the Confederate States of America has been removed from a Hudson's Bay Co. building in downtown Montreal.

Spokeswoman Tiffany Bourre told The Canadian Press in an email the plaque of Jefferson Davis, who was president of the Confederate states during the Civil War, was taken down Tuesday evening.

A statue of Davis was removed in Louisiana last May. The Montreal plaque had been there since 1957 and was supplied by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, a non-profit organization dedicated to "honouring the memory of its Confederate ancestors."

Bourre did not specify why it was taken down, but many people had been calling for such a move in the wake of last Saturday's violence in Virginia where the fate of a statue of Davis's best-known general — Robert E. Lee — had become a flashpoint.

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