LEXINGTON, Va. (WFXR) — The statue of Stonewall Jackson at Virginia Military Institute will soon have a new home, following a vote by the VMI Board of Visitors.
According to a statement from the military school, the statue will be moved to “an appropriate location.”
“The VMI Board of Visitors today took bold and unanimous action to move VMI forward. The Board ordered the statue of Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson moved from the front of the historic barracks to an appropriate location, perhaps the Battlefield at New Market. The VMI administration will handle the orderly movement of the statue. Additionally, a permanent diversity officer will be appointed at VMI and a permanent diversity and inclusion committee will be established on the Board of Visitors. The Board has also established a search committee which will be led by board member Gene Scott to identify VMI’s next Superintendent.”
The Board of Visitors also took the following actions:
- Created a permanent diversity office
- Established a building and naming committee
- Created diversity initiatives to include a focus on gender
- Directed the adoption of VMI hiring practices and a diversity hiring plan
The actions come days after the resignation of Gen. J.H. Binford Peay III, who served as VMI superintendent for more than 17 years. His resignation came days after Gov. Ralph Northam (D-Va.) ordered an investigation of systemic racism allegations at VMI leveled in a Washington Post story.
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