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.