Warren County United to Remove Confederate Statue

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Kelli Hart
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Everyone in the Warren County, Virginia community should feel welcomed and respected in our public spaces. Our Warren County courthouse should be a place that upholds every citizen’s right to equal justice under the law.

The Confederate monument standing there today was placed in front of our courthouse in 1911, half a century after the Civil War ended. It is one of over 50 identical statues erected on courthouse lawns across Virginia around the same time. All of them were strategically placed, in public and government spaces, during the era of Jim Crow segregation, in order to intimidate Black people in their communities. A symbol that can be interpreted by anyone as a form of intimidation or discrimination had no place at our courthouse in 1911 and it certainly doesn’t have a place there in 2020. Now is the time for its removal.

As of July 1, 2020, it is within the jurisdiction of our local government to vote for the statue’s removal. This petition is being circulated to allow all citizens of Warren County to participate. It will make the wishes of our community known to the members of our county Board of Supervisors, who are legally elected to represent us. It is our responsibility to hold them accountable to take action towards a more racially equitable Warren County.

We, of Warren County United to Remove the Confederate Statue, ask for your support in this action. Thank you for signing this petition.