After obtaining ownership, the Jefferson center plans to melt down the statue and commission an artist to create new art from the bronze material, 根据新闻稿. After the work is completed, the new art would be offered to the City of Charlottesville for public installation.
Four years after deadly rally, Charlottesville ‘Unite the Right’ trial begins
The civil trial against the organizers of the “团结右翼” rally in is set to start Monday to decide whether organizers had predetermined the event would turn violent
原告, who include town residents and counterprotesters injured in two days of clashes in August 2017, contend the organizers of the rally engaged in a conspiracy. 的 10 individuals are seeking “compensatory and statutory” damages for physical and emotional injuries they suffered.
The rally organizers chose Charlottesville so the debate and protest around the statues could serve as a catalyst for a race and religious war, the complaint reads. White supremacists, neo-Nazis, along with groups such as the Proud Boys and the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, were in the city for events in May, June and July 2017.
Inviting input from the descendents of the enslaved
Two hours after the Lee statue was removed July 10, a statue of Confederate Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson was also removed from Court Square Park.
The Lee and Jackson statues were commissioned in
1917 和 1919 分别, by Paul G
, a Charlottesville graduate of the University of Virginia
, 根据 University of Virginia School of Law
. The Jackson statue was unveiled on October
19, 1921, according to the school
. 在5月 21, 1924, Lee’s statue was unveiled
At the time of removal
, the city said it was looking for a new home for the statues at a museum
, military battlefield or historical society
The Jefferson center’s mission is “to honor and preserve the rich heritage and legacy of the African American community of Charlottesville/Albemarle, Virginia and to promote a greater appreciation for and understanding of, the contributions of African Americans and peoples of the Diaspora,” its website says.
Their proposal titled “Swords Into Plowshares” intends “to invite input from the descendents of enslaved persons,” 根据新闻稿, “with the engagement process beginning in 2022, the 120th anniversary of Virginia’s 1902 state constitution which entrenched Jim Crow rule.”
“‘Swords Into Plowshares’ is Charlottesville’s opportunity to lead by creating a road map that can be followed by other communities that wish to impact history,” 博士. Douglas said. “It’s our hope that our entire community will embrace this defining moment.”
Throughout the week, the proposal has garnered support, Andrea Douglas, executive director of the Jefferson center told CNN Friday.
有 six other proposals the city is looking at for for one or both Confederate statues
, Brian Wheeler
, spokesperson for the City of Charlottesville told CNN
So far the proposal has raised $ 500,000 in funding commitments through local, state and national arts and advocacy organizations.
The Charlottesville City Council and its City Manager have until January 12 to consider the offers, a news release said.