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VIRGINIA: Committee: Remove Jefferson Davis Monument, Reinterpret Others

Mayor Levar Stoney formed a panel in July 2017, asking for a recommendation on how to add context to Confederate statues on Monument Avenue. He later expanded the options to include removal or relocation of the statues.
BOB BROWN/times-dispatch


RICHMOND, Va. — Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney’s Monument Avenue Commission recommended the removal of the Jefferson Davis Monument from Monument Avenue and the addition of signage to the other four statues honoring the Confederacy, according to a report released Monday.

After gathering public input for 11 months, the 10-person commission recommended reinterpreting the four of the statues with permanent signage in the short term and the creation of a museum exhibit, mobile app and video to convey the history of the monuments and what they stand for, the report stated. The commission singled out Davis for removal if pending legal challenges are resolved and state law changes to clear the way for its removal.

“A holistic narrative acknowledges the emotional realities the Monument Avenue statues represent as well as other assets within the City,” the report states. Of the Davis statue, the commissioners wrote: “Of all the statues, this one is most

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