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Loudoun Co. leader renews call to remove Confederate statue

A statue of a Confederate soldier sits outside the Loudoun County Courthouse. (File, WTOP)

WASHINGTON — Following the clash between white supremacists and protesters in Charlottesville that killed a woman when a car rammed into protesters and two troopers when their helicopter crashed while monitoring the skirmishes, a Loudoun County leader is calling for the removal of a Confederate statue in Leesburg. 

The Loudoun Times-Mirror reports that Democrat Phyllis Randall, chair of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, is renewing a call to have a statue of a Confederate soldier, which sits on the grounds of the courthouse in Leesburg, moved. It’s an issue the board grappled with several years ago.

In June the Loudoun County NAACP made a push to have the statue moved.

The newspaper reports that Randall plans on asking the Virginia General Assembly during its new legislative session to give local jurisdictions the ability to remove statues or memorials. But her request would first have to be approved by the full board of county supervisors.

Currently, it is against the law in Virginia to disturb or remove monuments or memorials for war veterans.


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