While RVA has it’s own conversations about the Confederate statues lining Monument Ave., Charlottesville has it’s own local talking point.
Nestled inside the city’s bustling Downtown area, there sits an “imposing equestrian monument” to Robert E. Lee, the famed General who commanding the army’s of the South during the Civil War.
The statue was conceived by Henry M. Shrady, completed by Leo Lentelli, and presented by Mr. McIntire to the City in 1924 and has sat on the 1.04 acres of land, elevated on a hill, ever since.
As conversations around Civil War monuments entered the national spotlight years ago, statues like the one in Charlottesville have been debated at city council events, often ending in screaming matches. But locals who oppose this monument in particular could come a step closer to victory as their City Council will vote next month to consider removing Lee as well as a neighboring Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson statue from city land.
Until then, those screaming matches returned to the public eye yesterday when local opposition to the statue were heckled by pro-Monument activists, Virginia Flaggers, as they held a press conference defending their point of view.
Video shows folks like Amy Sarah Marshall, president of the Charlottesville Pride Community Network, speaking before the crowd between jabs from protestors.
“This is where we have the annual pride festival, which is about tolerance, diversity and inclusion,” she said according to the Daily Progress. “My heart is breaking right now because… my work to bring equality to people who are gay, lesbian and transgender is also about bringing rights and equality to every person who is marginalized and oppressed. It’s about all of us.”
“We aren’t just a white or black people in this country,” she said. “We are all here inheriting all our histories.”