Bill to remove Byrd statue from Capitol Square signed into law

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FILE – House Majority Leader H. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, talks on a phone as he sits at the feet of the statue of former Gov. and U.S. Sen. Harry F. Byrd at Capitol Square in Richmond, Va. Saturday, March 13, 2010. A panel of Virginia legislators will discuss the removal of a statue of former governor and U.S. Sen. Harry F. Byrd Sr., from the state Capitol grounds. Byrd was a staunch segregationist and the architect of massive resistance against integrating schools. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) — Del. Jay Jones’s bill to direct the state to remove the statue of Harry F. Byrd, Sr. from Capitol Square was signed into law Friday afternoon by Gov. Ralph Northam.

HB 2208 was introduced in June 2020. The House of Delegates voted 63-34 to pass the bill back on Jan. 27.

“Racism and its symbols should never be celebrated or put on display in public spaces. I am deeply thankful that Governor Northam is by our side in our fight to dismantle systemic as well as overt racism in our Commonwealth. While we still have a long way to go, this is a step in the right direction on our path to healing.”

Del. Jay Jones (D-Norfolk)

Harry F. Byrd, Sr. was a former Virginia Governor and United States Senator. He was also a known segregationist.

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