Virginia is for Lovers, not new Confederate statues

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Virginia is moving ahead to build a new statue to honor a woman most have known as the "Angel of the Confederacy". While the purpose of the commission is to honor Virginia women's achievements, a new statue for a revered Confederate is no longer tolerable. Sally Louisa Tompkins was positioned for this honor due to her groundbreaking hospital that treated Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. Even VA Governor Northam has said recently that Sally is not being honored because she was a Confederate soldier - however, it is no longer possible to ignore her connection to a cause celebrated for its desire for slavery to continue. Three chapters of the United Daughters of the Confederacy are named after Captain Sally and she was buried with full military honors in 1916. Her name is synonymous with the Confederacy and with the white supremacists who will cheer mightily if her likeness is erected on state grounds.

Charlottesville was the point of no return for this country. We can no longer ignore the hatefulness and white supremacist connections of these monuments. All across the country, cities are tearing down these memorials of the days of Jim Crow - not standing up new ones.

Virginia doesn't need a new statue of a Confederate soldier no matter what the rationale.

Join us and let the Virginia Women's Monument Commission know that they need to replace Sally Louisa Tompkins with a non Confederate woman of achievement - there are many.

Sincerely,

Barb Hale

member of Grassroots Alexandria 



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