The Confederate monuments in Charlottesville that were at the center of the deadly neo-Nazi rally in 2017 are set to be removed.
The Charlottesville City Council voted unanimously Monday evening to take down the statues of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson from public parks downtown. More than 50 people reportedly spoke during the virtual public hearing, most expressing the opinion that the statues should come down. The city resolved to “remove, relocate, contextualize or cover the Statues.”
“We look forward to transforming our downtown parks by removing these racist symbols of Charlottesville’s past,” Brian Wheeler, director of communications for the City of Charlottesville, told CNN. “There remains much work to be done in Charlottesville’s future as we work towards the goals of racial and economic justice, but this is an important milestone in that journey.”
In August, 2017, far-right groups including white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and members of the Ku Klux Klan gathered for the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville. The event turned violent