The city council voted 4-to
-0 early Tuesday morning to hand over the statue to a local bidder
, 的 Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
, which is housed in what was once Charlottesville’s only high school for Black students
“I think the goal for us when we started this process was to take something that has been traumatic in our community, a symbol of racism, and turn it into something that can cause our community to heal,” the center’s Executive Director Andrea Douglas told CNN.
Douglas said the center will work with the community to find out what people want in their public spaces and then commission the new artwork.
“We are hoping that this process will be the complete antithesis to the process that put the [背风处] statue in our community to being with,” 她说.
The center will take the statue to a foundry in early 2022 to have it melted down.
“We’ll do that immediately. It’s the first thing we’re going to do,” Douglas said.
She said they hope the project will be complete by
2024, the 100th anniversary of the unveiling of the Lee statue
Charlottesville voted to take down the Lee statue in
2017, but it was not removed until July
2021. Statues of Confederate 根. Thomas J. “Stonewall” 杰克逊
和 explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and Sacagawea were also removed
White nationalists marched in Charlottesville to protest the removal of the Lee statue in
2017 and a counterprotester was killed in the subsequent violence
. 上个月, a jury awarded $ 26 百万赔偿 after finding the White nationalists who organized and participated in the rally liable on a state conspiracy claim and other claims
The Southern Poverty Law Center says more 比 160 Confederate monuments were removed in the United States in
Charlottesville has not decided what to do with the statues of Jackson, or Lewis and Clark and Sacagawea.
Douglas said the project, 叫 “Swords into Plowshares”, will cost about $ 1.1 million dollars and the center has raised about half of the needed funds.