"Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney announced Wednesday that he and 9th District Councilman Mike Jones will introduce an ordinance on July 1 to remove all city-controlled Confederate statues from Monument Avenue.
A commission appointed by Stoney recommended taking down the Jefferson Davis statue and adding context to others.
“I appreciate the recommendations of the Monument Avenue Commission – those were the appropriate recommendations at the time," Stoney said in a statement. "But times have changed, and removing these statues will allow the healing process to begin for so many Black Richmonders and Virginians." RTP
"Richmond is no longer the Capital of the Confederacy – it is filled with diversity and love for all – and we need to demonstrate that.”
A law set to take effect July 1 allows local governments to take down Confederate monuments. The five on Richmond’s Monument Avenue — raised between 1890 and 1929 — have been some of the most controversial in the state. Four of the five are on city property, while a statue honoring Robert E. Lee is on state property and would not be subject to local control.
Asked about the Lee monument at a news conference Tuesday, Northam said he would "follow that discussion, and follow the lead of the city council and … the people that live in Richmond."" RTP
It is interesting that Mayor Stoney is "filled with love for all." I am beginning to think that "contextualization" is the least offensive of the possibilities in terms of desecration.
There are future candidates for "contextualization" in Richmond. Hollywood Cemetery (full of dead Johnnies including Jeb Stuart), The Virginia Historical Society Library (too many rebel uniforms in cases and murals), The Museum of the Confederacy and CS White House, The Medical College of Virginia where people like Doctors Hunter McGuire and Simon Baruch were trained. Both were medical corps majors in the CSA. Reverence for them must be ended. And that VA medical center that TTG uses must have its name changed (Hunter McGuire). And then there is Oakwood Cemetery where solders were brought from Chimborazo hospital to be buried. I should not forget the statue of Lee that stands in the state capitol on the spot where he accepted command of Virginia's forces in 1861. The possibilities are endless.
It is announced today that Ralph Northam will order Lee's statue removed from Monument Avenue.
Hopefully Richmond will sink into being a boring middle sized city bereft of an industrial base now that tobacco is gone and filled in the downtown with parking lots where grand houses once stood.. Without its past it is a rather ugly city without much context at all. pl