Confederate monuments panel in Richmond gets more time

This Wednesday, June 28, 2017, shows the statue of Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Va. As cities across the United States are removing Confederate statues and other symbols, dispensing with what some see as offensive artifacts of a shameful past marked by racism and slavery, Richmond is taking a go-slow approach. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The commission studying what to do with Richmond, Virginia’s most prominent Confederate monuments has been given another month to complete its report.

The commission convened last year by Mayor Levar Stoney had been expected to submit its recommendations for Monument Avenue by Thursday. But a post on its website Tuesday said the deadline had been pushed back to July 2.

The commission has been receiving public comment and holding work sessions to weigh the future of the monuments in Richmond, the former capital of the Confederacy. Options under consideration have included adding historical context to the monuments or removing them.

Some say they are offensive relics of the South’s racist past. Others say they represent a part of history that should be preserved.