‘We have a lot of work to do’

An organized monument is coming down in Charlottesville, Virginia, three years after the right-wing rally united the world.

In 19ks9, a bronze statue of a Confederate soldier outside the Albemarle County court, “At Ready,” was removed and a crew of masked and surrounded workers worked on Saturday. Although not the focus of the neo-Nazi show of 2011 – below, the constitution is located in the exact blocks of the monument that the parties hosting the event claimed they wanted to protect.

The statue, which weighs about and 5,000, including cannons and cannonballs, will be preserved on the battlefield of the Virginia Civil War and transferred to the Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation. The removal will cost more than ,000 60,000, county spokeswoman Emily Kilroy told the New York Times.

The removal of the statue, which took more than eight hours, appeared live on the county’s Facebook and YouTube pages to promote social distance, and private gatherings were heard cheering when the law was finally repealed.

The statue will be the first to be removed under a new Virginia law that created a process to remove the Civil War statues. The board of Albamarrell County Supervisors voted unanimously to move it to Aug. 7.

Ned Galloway, chairman of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, said at the time that removing the law was not a “last point.”

“We have a lot of work to do and that work is our policy work, affordable housing, in our schools, we know we have a long way to go,” he said, according to a local CBS station.

The City Council in Charlottesville also voted in favor of removing the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, which was the focal point of the Rite rally, but a group of Confederate supporters sued to stop it. The lawsuit is being filed in the Virginia Supreme Court in November. A judge in June also suspended Governor Ralph Northam’s order to remove another Lee statue on state property.

Local governments have successfully removed organized monuments in South Carolina, Kentucky, Florida and several other states this summer following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minnesota police officers. Protesters in Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina have also tried to remove such statues themselves.

On Saturday, Galloway said removing the “at Ready” statue would “disarm our court square and take another step toward implementing the eternal promise of a fair and inclusive Albemarle County.”

“Much like Martin Luther King Jr., we believe that unconditional truth and unconditional love will ultimately be the ultimate thing,” he said.


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