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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