Clarke County (VA) won’t give up Confederate monument

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Weiss: Clarke County won’t give up Confederate monument voluntarily

(Winchester Star) BERRYVILLE — The Confederate monument that Clarke County now owns will not be put into the hands of a private organization, Board of Supervisors Chairman David Weiss told The Winchester Star following Tuesday night’s board meeting.
During the meeting, Commander Paul Clark of the Winchester-based Turner Ashby Camp No. 1567 Sons of Confederate Veterans pleaded with the supervisors to at least allow the organization to maintain the granite monument that stands outside the county courthouse on North Church Street in Berryville.
In April, a Clarke County Circuit Court jury transferred ownership of the controversial monument from the defunct Association of the Survivors of the Clarke County Cavalry to the county. Since then, Turner Ashby Camp, which promotes Confederate heritage preservation, has taken the matter to the Virginia Court of Appeals.
“We offered to take care of it (the monument) for perpetuity. We never got a response” from the county, Clark told the supervisors. He asked why, but they didn’t respond.
Usually, the supervisors do not immediately respond to remarks made during public comment periods at their meetings.
By letting the camp maintain the monument, the county would not have to spend public funds on it, Clark said…Read the rest

How to Think About Monuments

(Bacon’s Rebellion) The conservative movement in Virginia faces a huge dilemma: how to build a “big tent” political coalition that is welcoming to African Americans and other minorities while resisting the cultural cleansing of everyone associated, however remotely, with the Civil War, slaveholding or segregation — including founding fathers of the republic such as Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.

The iconoclasts are full of fury, and their logic is simple: monuments to Confederate soldiers and generals, they say, were erected as symbols of White supremacy and racism; White supremacy and racism must be expunged; therefore, these figures must be removed from the public sphere. Step by step, this syllogism has been extended to any figure tainted by racism, segregation, or slaveholding. An individual’s contributions and accomplishments count for nothing. Historical context is irrelevant. Artistic and aesthetic considerations of the statuary and pedestals as adornments to public places are of no import.

Conservatives and traditionalists have been powerless to reverse the momentum. They have mounted many lines of defense…

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It’s a Memorial, Not a Racist Ideology

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(Carol J. Bova, Bacon’s Rebellion) Accounts from lawyers, reporters, pundits and other outsiders have severely distorted the debate over the Confederate memorial in Mathews County.
To The Washington Post, the controversy is about the ”enduring power of the Civil War’s legacy.”
To the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs and Wilkie, Farr & Gallagher, LLP, writing on behalf of the local NAACP, it’s an endorsement of white supremacy. “Confederate monuments were intended to assert that white supremacy would remain a dominant force of social control.”
To Mathews families whose ancestors never came home from the war, the monument in front of the county courthouse provides an enduring connection to their ancestors – a love and commemoration of family. The monument is not a political statement. …Read the rest

Judges Ruling on AP Hill Grave Expected Next Month

(When is a monument not just a monument? When the person it memorializes is buried there. That makes it a grave. Then there’s a whole lot more laws for cultural-marxists to ignore – DD)
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Richmond judge to rule on AP Hill monument removal petition next month

(Culpepper Star-Exponent) The last city-owned Confederate statue standing in Richmond could soon be moved after a circuit court judge Thursday listened to arguments regarding the city’s petition to remove it.
While the city took down the rest of its Confederate monuments two years ago, a court order is required under state law for the city to move the A.P. Hill monument at Laburnum Avenue and Hermitage Road because the general is buried inside its plinth.
Several indirect descendants of the Confederate officer, who are challenging the city’s plans, made their case in court Thursday. At the end of the hearing, Richmond Circuit Court Judge David Eugene Cheek Sr. said he will take the petition and arguments against it under advisement for the next 30 days.
The dispute is centered on the city’s plans to donate the monument to the Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia and relocate the general’s remains to Fairview Cemetery in Culpeper…Read the rest

Richmond’s AP Hill Monument called “Safety Threat?”

(anti-Southern bigots and government-supremacists will use any angle they can get – DD)
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Richmond’s AP Hill statue poses safety threat, neighbors say

(WTVR) The future of Richmond’s last standing Confederate monument will be discussed inside of a courtroom on Thursday morning.
The case between city officials and relatives of the Confederate Gen. A.P. Hill will be heard at 10 a.m. in Richmond Circuit Court. The Aug. 30 hearing was continued until Sept. 29.
The statue has stood in the middle of Hermitage and Laburnum roads on the city’s Northside for more than 130 years.
Both sides have agreed that Hill’s remains inside the statue would be transferred to a Culpeper cemetery, according to the Richmond Free Press.
However, the city wants the statue turned over to the Black History Museum that currently possesses the city’s other removed Confederate monuments.
Hill’s relatives instead, according to the paper, want the city to pay for the statue to be set up in a place of their choosing…Read the rest

Voter Suppression in Virginia? What Voter Suppression?

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(Bacon’s Rebellion) The Virginia State Conference of the NAACP has demanded that Attorney General Jason Miyares immediately replace his recently created Election Integrity Unit with a group to combat voter suppression and increase voter registration.
Said Robert N. Barnette, Jr, President of the Virginia NAACP in a statement issued last week:

Many studies have shown that “voter fraud” is virtually nonexistent in the Commonwealth of Virginia …

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NAACP threatens suit over memorial. Ho-Hum. What else is new?

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NAACP threatens legal action if Virginia county gives statue to pro-Confederacy groups

(Virginia Pilot) Edith Turner was born and raised in Mathews County, and for as long as she can remember, a statue honoring Confederate soldiers has sat in the middle of town.
It was never a welcome sight for Turner, president of the Mathews County NAACP. But she didn’t give the monument much thought — until pro-Confederacy groups started decorating the area with flags and sporadically sending armed guards to protect it following nationwide racial unrest in 2020.
“It was very concerning,” she said, adding she feared the situation might turn violent.
Turner said her NAACP branch is urging the Mathews County Board of Supervisors to remove the statue. In turn, pro-Confederacy groups have asked the county to instead give the monument and immediate surrounding land to them. But the Mathews County NAACP is warning the board it might take legal action if the statue is handed off. Citizens, meanwhile, can weigh in during a public hearing slated for Wednesday…
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