Keep Richmond's Civil War Monuments
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In a statement on Aug. 16, 2017, Mayor Levar Stoney, Richmond, VA, issued a consideration to the Monument Ave. Council to consider immediately removing the statues of Confederate figures on Monument Avenue. This decision reflects a hysterical, partisan, emotional response to events-- not indicative of what the citizens of Richmond and the surrounding communities want. Richmond IS Confederate history. The oldest statue, Robert E. Lee, was erected as a centerpiece of this historic street in 1890. Only a few blocks away, over 25 Confederate Generals and high ranking servicemen of the Confederacy are buried. The White House of the Confederacy, also next to Monument Ave, brings in thousands of visitors a year-- and they come to the statues to take pictures and reflect on the history. Once these statues are destroyed or moved, then this history is lost and will never be recovered. Please sign this petition to show that the educated citizens of Richmond and surrounding areas of Virginia (and the US) value this history and demand that the statues remain in place!
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