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Gov. Youngkin not taking stance on remaining Confederate statues, won’t restore those previously removed
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Governor Glenn Youngkin said he will not try to restore Confederate monuments taken down under Democratic leadership, and he is not taking a stance on statues that remain in Capitol Square.
Also in an interview on Monday, Youngkin disagreed with controversial comments about the Confederacy made by his recent appointee to the state’s Board of Historic Resources, but he is not committing to replace her.
In 2020, former Democratic House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn quietly removed nine confederate symbols from the Old House Chamber at the Virginia State Capitol overnight without public input. Among them was a statue of General Robert E. Lee, marking the spot where he accepted command of Virginia’s Confederate forces when the state voted to secede from the Union in 1861.
Former Governor Ralph Northam also ordered the removal of the state-owned statue of General Lee, which towered above Richmond’s Monument Avenue for more than a century. The take-down of other statues on the street was directed by the City of Richmond. ..
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