ROANOKE, Va. — The Virginia city of Roanoke plans to give a Confederate memorial that had stood downtown to the owners of a cemetery and historical society.
The Roanoke Times reported Monday that the 10-foot granite pillar is being given to the Evergreen Burial Park and the Historical Society of Western Virginia. A new state law allows Virginia municipalities to remove Confederate memorials and offer them to a historical groups and cemeteries.
The memorial to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee is now broken into pieces after a person knocked it over. The memorial’s new owners said that Evergreen Burial Park would be a fitting place for it because at least 60 Confederate veterans and at least one Union soldier are buried there.