Fairfax County removes Confederate monuments that long stood outside its courthouse

A collection of Confederate monuments, markers and weaponry that has long stood outside the courthouse in Fairfax County, 维吉尼亚州, is no longer on display.

Fairfax County Commissioner Jeff McKay confirmed the county has removed and will relocate the items in a tweet earlier this month.
在一个 follow-up tweet, McKay revealed their immediate fate: A Virginia Department of Historic Resources marker will be returned to the state, a John Quincy Marr monument will be given to the Stuart Mosby Historical Society, and the Dahlgren howitzersa type of gun used for firing shellswill be given to Manassas National Battlefield Park.
We started today with a Fairfax County that better reflects our values,” McKay said.
    Fairfax County Commissioner Jeff McKay announced the removal of Confederate memorials and monuments outside the county courthouse on November 6.

    The relocation of the items occurred thanks to state legislationpassed earlier this year allowing Virginia localities to decide what to do with any monuments or memorials pertaining to war veterans, including those tied to the Confederacy. The bill came aside a nationwide reckoning with regard to the nation’s history and how southern states continue to pay tribute to the Confederacy in public spaces.
    That bill requires publication of a public hearing in at least one local newspaper, followed by the hearing itself.
      Should that hearing lead to removal, the locality then is required to open a 30-day window to first offer the item forrelocation and placement to any museum, historical society, 政府, or military battlefield,” the measure says. After those 30 天 – whether there is interest in the monument or memorial, or not – “the local governing body shall have sole authority to determine the final dispositionof the item, the bill says.
      That legislation was a priority for Democratic Virginia Gov. 拉尔夫·诺瑟姆, his spokeswoman Alena Yarmosky told CNN last March, as hehas long advocated to give localitiesauthority over the monuments in their communities.

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