Do not remove Confederate statues instead build statues that display slave rebellions

Do not remove Confederate statues instead build statues that display slave rebellions

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This is a petition requesting that Mayor Levar Stoney will place a moratorium on any attempts to remove Confederate statues located within the City of Richmond, Virginia; and as an alternative, we request that Mayor Stoney commission new statues to be made; statues that will depict Gabriel Prosser and Nat Turner leading their respective slave rebellions; and Mayor Stoney will have these statues placed adjacent to, or in close proximity to, the Confederate statues located in the area of Monument Avenue in the City of Richmond.

There are currently 5 Confederate statues located in the Monument Avenue area of the City of Richmond, and they are:

Robert E. Lee, a commander in the Confederate Army. He was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia. This statue is located, Bounded by Grace and Birch St. Park Ave, and Roseneath Rd. Roughly Franklin Street from Roseneath Road to Clevend Street. It was sculptured by Pope John Russell, and unveiled in 1840.

James Ewell Brown (or J.E.B.) Stuart, Major General in the Confederate Army. He was born in Patrick County, Virginia. This statue is located in the intersection of Monument Ave and North Lumbardy Street. It was sculptured by Frederick Moynihan, and unveiled May 30, 1907.

Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate State of America. He was born in Christian (later Todd) County, Kentucky. This statue is located on Monroe Park. It was sculptured by Ed Valentine, and unveiled June 1907.

Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, Major General in the Confederate Army. He was born in Clarksburg Virginia (now West Virginia). This statue is located on the intersection on Monument Ave and the Blvd. It was sculptured by William F Sievers, and unveiled October 1919.

Matthew Fontaine Maury, Confederate Naval Officer and oceanographer. He was born near Fredericksburg, Virginia. This statue is located on intersection of Monument Ave and Belmont Ave. It was sculptured by Frederick William Sievers, and unveiled November 1929.

These statues should be permitted to retain their status as historical monuments and continue to be displayed in prominent locations throughout the City of Richmond along the Monument Avenue area.

However, as a compromise, we now demand that both sides of the story be told. If statues commemorating slaveholders taking up arms in rebellion against the government and leading their Confederates into battle on Virginia soil can be displayed; we demand that statues of Gabriel Prosser and Nat Turner leading Virginia slaves in rebellion be displayed in equally prominent positions next to the above mentioned Confederate statues; the Gabriel Prosser and Nat Turner statues should be given equally prominent positions along the Monument Avenue area of the City of Richmond; when unveiled/erected the height of the statues of Gabriel Prosser and Nat Turner should stand eye to eye with the closest Confederate statue within their proximity; and the countenances of Gabriel Prosser and Nat Turner should reflect the same pride, esteem, confidence, righteous indignation, fierceness, nobility, etc. that is shown in the countenance of the statues of the Confederate leadership. We will not tolerate any signs of doubt, despair, dejection, worry, fear, etc. being shown in the countenances of Gabriel Prosser or Nat Turner; lastly, we demand that the artist chosen to sculpt the statues of Gabriel Prosser and Nat Turner reflect the diversity of the City of Richmond and they must be a sympathizer of the Black race's struggle for liberation. All of the above mentioned Confederate statues were sculptured by White males and this does not reflect the diversity of your constituency Mayor Stoney.

Gabriel Prosser was not only born in the Commonwealth of Virginia, he was also a local in the Richmond/Henrico County area. It was here that he organized a slave rebellion and after removing his White enslavers from the land he had planned to form a Black colony in the City of Richmond. General Prosser's insurrection was scheduled to take place on September 1, 1800. But his plan was discovered.

Nat Turner was also born in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Nat Turner led a slave revolt in Southampton County on August 21-22, 1831 taking the lives of 55 slaveholders. His band of six grew to become a company of 40-60 men.

I would like to highlight the fact that unlike all of the above mentioned Confederate leaders, both of these leaders of slave rebellions were born in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As I have shown Jefferson Davis was born in Kentucky, and the territory where Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson was born is now the state West Virginia. Therefore we are well within our rights to demand that the statues within the City of Richmond, along the Monument Avenue area gives a fair and accurate historical representation of the rebellions planned and fought, both for and against, abolition in the City of Richmond and within the Old Dominion.

Mayor Stoney we oppose the concealment of the truth, and we will not support revisionist history. Instead of pretending like the Confederacy didn't happen. You can better serve your constituency by using your City's Confederate statues to teach the citizenry why these horrible things happened. Take this opportunity to explain to the citizens of Richmond that partisan politics and blind loyalty to political parties tore this nation apart once and it is on the verge of doing it again. Mayor Stoney, this authorizes you to use all Confederate statues as an opportunity to teach and heal. Mayor Stoney you can make all sides happy by taking heed to this wisdom.

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