“We need to change this page for decades,” the mayor said of the image that will be kept when the public process is at its end.
A statue of Stonewall Jackson on Richmond’s Monument Avenue went down Wednesday after the mayor ordered the immediate removal of all Confederate buildings.
“As the capital of Virginia, we need to turn this page for decades. And today, we will,” Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney said in a video address.
Gov. Ralph Northam applauded the initiative. “It’s a great day in Richmond that begins the most important process of removing these symptoms of past hardship. Thank you for coming,” he said Wednesday.
Calls for removal of Confederate courts and other statues have escalated amid widespread protests against police brutality and racial discrimination that followed the arrest of George Floyd May 25 in Minneapolis.In some cases, protesters have demolished the monuments themselves.
On June 10 in the town of Virginia, Portsmouth, in southeastern Richmond, a man was injured when a Confederate statuette struck him in the head, authorities said. In Richmond that day, protesters pulled down a statue of Liberal President Jefferson Davis.Stoney said he issued the order using emergency powers on Wednesday to protect public safety.
“The second reason I took action today, is that the time has passed,” Stoney said in his video address.
The Confederate general’s photo was removed from its footprint at 4:40 p.m., NBC WWBT reported in cooperation with Richmond.
It was opened in 1919, according to documents from the National Park Service.Stonewall Jackson statueThe image of Stonewall Jackson was uploaded to a truck after being removed from Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia on July 1, 2020. Ryan M. Kelly / AFP – Getty Images
Stoney, a Democrat, was elected in 2007. He served as the first black secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia and is the youngest mayor in the city’s history.
A law passed by the General Assembly in March, which went into effect on Wednesday, empowers councilors such as Richmond to issue memorials they have dedicated to the Confederacy, the mayor’s office said.
“The change of the sea is just so many ideas that can tell you what this means,” Edward told the station. “… In the space of maybe three hours, you look at a situation where the concept of the mind is used, the whole Richmond brand has completely changed.”
A man opposed to the removal told the station that tourism is big business in Richmond and that people are touring the history of the Civil War.
Earlier on Wednesday, Stoney presented a resolution to the City Council to immediately remove the photos, but due to meeting rules, officials did not vote. The decision has the support of the majority of the council, according to WWBT. It will be voted on Thursday.
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