Virginia state law limits the power of local governments to remove war memorials. A Richmond city councilman introduced a resolution that would have asked the General Assembly to give local communities the authority to determine the fate of its monuments.
The white nationalist rally in Charlottesville last year brought “everything to the surface,” Gertrude Evans said. “… I mean you see (racism), you see it.”
Throughout the 20th century, black and white communities in Easton developed into the largely middle-class households they are today, but as parallel, segregated worlds. Lines started to blur once segregation ended. But as much as Easton and its neighbor Unionville may want to move past the deeply unequal relationships that etched their past, they can never quite escape them.
Students from what’s now Tuskegee University once tried and failed to tear down the old gray statue, which has since become a target for vandals. But critics who want it gone aren’t optimistic about removing it, even as similar monuments come down nationwide.
Here’s a look at some key monument battles in Charlottesville’s aftermath.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports City Councilman Michael Jones revived a resolution this week that asks the state legislature to allow the council to decide the monuments’ future.
A commission studying what to do with Richmond’s Confederate monuments has scheduled two public meetings to get additional community input.
A Va. House panel voted down a measure that would permit local governments to move Confederate monuments, while a Senate committee blocked a bill that would allow a county, city or town to rename any highway named before 1965.
A Virginia bill, aimed at giving cities control of Confederate monuments, failed in a state Senate committee this week.
A Loudoun County leader says a unique Virginia holiday honoring Confederate generals has little meaning for today’s Virginia residents, calling it “as impactful as Groundhog Day.”
Results from a poll show that most Virginians support keeping Confederate monuments while finding them offensive to African Americans. The poll also asked respondents about the climate surrounding race relations — here’s what they said.
A majority of Virginians oppose removing statues of Confederate leaders, according to a recent Mason-Dixon Polling survey. Most Northern Virginians, however, support removing the statues.
After tearing down a number of Confederate monuments in the middle of the night last month, Baltimore wants public feedback on what they should do with the monuments.
Rep. John Delaney says he doesn’t believe monuments meant to glorify the Confederacy belong on federal land, unless they serve the purpose of educating people and are in proper context.
The university said it removed the carved limestone likeness early Saturday morning from Duke Chapel amid a national debate about monuments to the Confederacy.