- Mayor John L. RoweCity of Portsmouth
- Paige CherryVice Mayor of Portsmouth
- Bill Moody JrCouncilman
- Elizabeth PsimasCouncilwoman
- Mark WhitakerCouncilman
- Nathan ClarkCouncilman
- Lisa Lucas-BurkeCouncilwoman
Replace the Confederate Monument in Portsmouth with statue of Missy Elliott.
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We believe it is time to finally replace the Confederate Monument in Olde Towne Portsmouth Virginia near the intersection of Court and High streets with a new statue of a true Portsmouth native hero. Who better to encapsulate the culture and spirit of the city enshrined in a new monument than Grammy Award winning rapper, dancer, and record producer Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott?
Before she was "Missy Misdemeanor" she was Melissa Arnette Elliott, born on July 1, 1971 in Portsmouth, Virginia. Hailing from humble beginnings as the only child of a power company dispatcher and a welder at Portsmouth's lauded naval shipyard, she rose to become a platinum recording artist with over 30-million albums sold. All this without even once owning a slave.
Getting this statue put up will be a lot of work and you may ask yourself is it worth it? I say yes and ask you to join me in letting us work it. Together we can put white supremacy down, flip it and reverse it. Let us come together in getting City Council to erect this statue in honor of Missy Elliott and all those in the great City of Portsmouth who work it each and every day. Ycamerpus Etihw!
Missy is all of us.
Missy is everything the Confederacy was not.
- City of Portsmouth
Mayor John L. Rowe
- Vice Mayor of Portsmouth
Bill Moody Jr
We the proud residents, workers, and general lovers of Portsmouth urge the immediate replacement of the Confederate Monument at the center of Court and High Streets with a statue to honor Portsmouth native Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott. She encapsulates the diversity and spirit of the fine City of Portsmouth in a way we should celebrate and honor. Missy represents what the city is about! Inclusion, perseverance, and prosperity. There is no local trailblazer more deserving! No figure that would pay tribute to the city more.
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