Culture, Politics, States

Charlottesville Tears Down Lee, Jackson Statues

Work crews removed a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from its base in a Charlottesville, Virginia, park Saturday morning, marking the summit of a yearslong battle over the fate of Confederate monuments in the city.

A statue of Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson was also removed from another city park Saturday. Both statues will be put into storage, and their stone bases will be removed at a later date, the city announced Friday.

The Charlottesville City Council passed a resolution on June 7 authorizing City Manager Chip Boyles to cover or take down the statues. The city manager may not destroy or sell the statues under the council’s authorization. Read more…

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