Governor Northam says his new initiative to reimagine public monuments in Virginia would “shine light on previously untold stories.”
Across the US, ballot measures included important questions on Confederate monuments, arts funding, and more.
The now-scrapped bill would have removed procedural hurdles that local governments in Virginia still face in removing the statues.
The Monuments Project will fund the development of more inclusive monuments, memorials, or historic storytelling spaces.
We do not need to physically preserve these objects to preserve history. The Toppled Monuments Archive seeks to reroute the impulse to preserve these objects altogether.
The bronze sculpture “Spirit of the Confederacy” was removed from Sam Houston Park in June and is now on display in the courtyard of the Houston Museum of African American Culture.
The recommendation to move the Confederate general’s monument to the Virginia Museum of History and Culture was made unanimously by the Commission for Historical Statues in the United States Capitol.
An op-ed by Judge Bradley Cavedo, who temporarily halted the removal of Confederate statues in Richmond, has resurfaced. In it, he criticized desegregation busing, welfare measures, and a proposal for instant voter registration.
Mayor Levar Stoney expedited the removal of seven Confederate statues in Richmond over the past week, but a Richmond judge has approved a temporary injunction blocking the mayor’s order.
“Once we remove the remaining monuments, we can officially say that we were the former capital of the confederacy,” said Stoney in today’s briefing.
For every monument that has been removed, 10 others remain nationally, according to a study conducted by the data analysis company BeenVerified.
Worldwide, demonstrations protesting anti-Blackness gain steam, and people have torn down and graffitied monuments to Confederate leaders and imperialist figureheads.