Albermarle County votes to remove Confederate statue outside Charlottesville courthouse

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s Albemarle County has voted to remove a statue of a Confederate soldier.

The Daily Progress in Charlottesville reports that the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Thursday to remove the 111-year-old bronze statue. It stands on Albemarle County Courthouse property in Charlottesville.

The monument depicts a life-size Confederate soldier in uniform and includes a cannon and three cannon balls.

The statue went up in 1909. It was paid for by the county, the city of Charlottesville, and the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Board Chairman Ned Gallaway said it was time to leave the “statue and his accessories to the history books.”

State law will require the county to consider offers to relocate the statue from museums, historical societies or military battlefields. The statue will be taken down and stored in early September.

Supervisor Bea LaPisto-Kirtley said Confederate statues should not be in front of a courthouse.

“These were made to intimidate,” she said. “As Americans, we don’t intimidate. You can’t intimidate us. Yet, someone put these up to intimidate some of our citizens. That cannot stand.”

Confederate statues have been coming down throughout the southern United States in the wake of protests against racism and police brutality. The demonstrations were sparked by the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis.

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