Replace Robert E. Lee Statue in Market Street Park with a Statue of Sally Hemings

Replace Robert E. Lee Statue in Market Street Park with a Statue of Sally Hemings

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Alexander Shen started this petition to Charlottesville and

We want to replace the racially insensitive statue of Robert E. Lee near the Downtown Mall with a statue of Sally Hemings, a formerly enslaved woman owned by Thomas Jefferson and mother of several of his children. She became a leader in both women's and enslaved rights by going back into slavery to ensure her children's freedom by adulthood. By erecting the statue of Sally Hemings, we hope to bring awareness to the racial past of Charlottesville and take one step in the right direction towards racial justice. 

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