The City of Charlottesville’s removal of statues honoring Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson was a moment five years in the making.
Since 2016, the city’s Confederate monuments were the focus of debate, controversy, and even bloodshed. But now those who witnessed its removal firsthand say the city can finally move forward.
“This statue is finally being surrendered… but it’s just one small step,” Charlottesville Mayor Nikuyah Walker said. “We are so far from the perfect union, yet one step closer today as these two statues come down.”