Keep the monuments on Monument Avenue, Richmond, VA
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Every one of these monuments has been controversial from their inception. They remain controversial today. However, the Robert E. Lee monument has weathered the controversy for 127 years. Now, removing it and other monuments is up for debate. These monuments are what gave Monument Avenue its name. This street is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a National Historic Landmark District. In 2007, the American Planning Association named Monument Avenue one of the 10 Great Streets in the country. The association said Monument Avenue was selected for its historic architecture, quality residential and religious architecture, diversity of land uses, and public art. People come from all over the world to see Richmond and this street, which is an outdoor museum. It creates tourism, and that facilitates Richmond's much needed improvements for the benefit of it's residents. Monument Avenue and the monuments are a true asset to the Richmond community.
To many, these monuments represent a turbulent and painful past in America and in Richmond. To others, the monuments are a reminder of how much things have changed. We should not tear down or hide our history. The civil war and the moral issues surrounding it should not be forgotten. Instead, lessons should be learned and remembered. In addition, we cannot let the words and actions of extremists, hate groups, and domestic terrorists cloud our judgment on this. This is an important issue with historic and practical modern-day implications that should be decided by rational Americans. Please sign this petition if you feel that Richmond should keep monuments on Monument Avenue.
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