Richmond mayor, councilman to introduce ordinance to remove Confederate statues on Monument Avenue

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FILE- In this June 27, 2017 file photo a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee stands in the middle of a traffic circle on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Va. Virginia Democrats seized control of the General Assembly last week and that means Confederate statues could soon be coming down in a state that’s full of them. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney intends to file an ordinance with City Councilman Michael Jones, the city’s 9th District representative, aimed at removing all Confederate statues on Monument Avenue.

According to a release from the mayor, the ordinance is expected to be introduced by July.

“I appreciate the recommendations of the Monument Avenue Commission – those were the appropriate recommendations at the time. But times have changed, and removing these statues will allow the healing process to begin for so many Black Richmonders and Virginians,” Stoney said Wednesday. “Richmond is no longer the Capital of the Confederacy – it is filled with diversity and love for all – and we need to demonstrate that.”

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