Group presses Charlottesville on monument vandalism

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A group dedicated to preserving Charlottesville's Confederate monuments is asking the city to pay for an inspection of recent vandalism to two monument pedestals and install cameras in the area.

Confederate statue outside of the Loudoun County Courthouse in Leesburg,Virginia. (Courtesy of MGN.)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A group dedicated to preserving Charlottesville’s Confederate monuments is asking the city to pay for an inspection of recent vandalism to two monument pedestals and install cameras in the area.

The monuments, like others around the country, have been a source of controversy for years. White nationalists rallied in Charlottesville two years ago in part to protest the city’s plans to remove a Gen. Robert E. Lee monument.

The Monument Fund sent a letter to Charlottesville’s city attorney Tuesday. It says monuments of Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson were vandalized in mid-September and again Monday. The group asks the city to investigate.

A city spokesman couldn’t immediately be reached for comment Wednesday.

The Monument Fund has helped pay for ongoing litigation against Charlottesville over its attempts to remove the monuments.

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