A Charlottesville, Virginia confederate statue located near the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally, which resulted in the death of a counter-protester, was removed Saturday.
The “At Ready” statue, erected in 1909, depicts a Confederate soldier and was positioned outside the county courthouse, according to CNN. The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors voted to remove the statue on Aug. 6 following a public hearing, according to a county press release.
“Clear to every black defendant who must pass them on the way into court: this space is reserved for the Confederate cause,” said Charlottesville City Councilmember Kristin Szakos, NBC affiliate WVIR reported. “You will find no justice here.”
Albemarle County livestreamed the removal of the statue, which began at 6:30 a.m. Saturday. The county opted to stream the event online rather than hold an in-person ceremony due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (RELATED: Statue Of Black Abolitionist Frederick Douglass Torn Down, Dragged To Nearby River)