Charlottesville Council Votes To Remove A Second Confederate Statue
The vote was unanimous!
On Tuesday night, the Charlottesville, Virginia city council unanimously voted to remove a second Confederate monument from a public park in the wake of the tragic and violent events that unfolded at the "Unite the Right" rally, that took place in the city in August.
The Associated Press reports that the vote was for the removal of the General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson statue that currently stands in the city's Emancipation Park.
Jackson was, of course, a general for the Confederate States of America. He was known for his daring tactics, which often took the Union by surprise. His death during the war led to a strategy vacuum for the CSA that the USA was quick to capitalize on.
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The council vote also included a measure to hasten the relocation of the statue of General Robert E. Lee, that was at the center of the rally, according to NBC News.
Earlier this year, when city officials voted to move the statue, members of the alt-right, and Confederate States of America sympathizers angry over the decision, organized the "Unite the Right" rally.
After protester Heather Heyer was killed during the rally, city officials covered both statues with black fabric; they remain shrouded.
The city voted to move the statues rather than to remove them completely, because lawsuits have stopped all previous attempts to destroy them. These lawsuits used the Virginia Code, a set of state laws, to defend the statues. The Virginia Code contains language that prohibits the removal of certain war memorials.
One city council member, Bob Fenwick, suggested that if the monuments cannot be destroyed, that they ought to be placed in a museum instead.
"If people stop and think, we have no statues, that I know of, to George Washington in Charlottesville, and yet none of us have forgotten his history," Fenwick told NBC. "So this argument that we have to keep it to preserve history, to me, is irrelevant."
Vice Mayor, Wes Bellamy, stated that he felt the statues had little to do with history, but given that they were built almost a century after the Civil War was over, that they are actually "20th century testaments to a fictionalized, glorified narrative of the rightness of the Southern cause in that war, when the actual cause was an insurrection against the United States of America promoting the right of southern states to perpetuate the institution of slavery."
Charlottesville isn't alone in its struggle over Confederate States of America monuments.
The demand to have monuments representing Confederate soldiers pulled down has swept the country following the "Unite the Right" rally.
We reported mid-August how in Durham, North Carolina protesters destroyed a statue of an unknown Confederate soldier. The University of Texas quietly removed four Confederate statues in the middle of the night. In Dallas, a group of black locals formed to keep Confederate statues standing in their city.