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Confederate Monuments

157 petitions

Update posted 8 months ago

Petition to Rob Akers, John Magruder, Ronnie Gill, Bud Smith

Remove the Confederate Monument Located in Tappahannock, Virginia

Tappahannock, Virginia isn’t just known as the birthplace of Chris Brown, it’s also home to one of America’s 780 confederate monuments. Today, we are calling on the Essex County Board of Supervisors to remove the statue on Prince Street. On June 10, 2020 over 300 men, women and children came out to march for justice and racial equity in Tappahannock. Activists and organizers- including young white Americans- recognized the need to change the culture in their community, state and nation. Demonstrators marched for two-miles and descended upon a  27-foot tall granite statue lying in a median on Prince Street. The confederate monument was erected by the Essex United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1909. The monument was erected “in memory of the soldiers and sailers of (Essex) county who were killed or died in service of the confederacy.” On bronze plaques there are listed 770 names of confederate officers and soldiers who “fought for the principles of state sovereignty and in defense of their homes.” Those men fought and died to defend their right to own and inherit my ancestors. Instead of a statue honoring slave owners, the town should honor folk like my Great-Great-Great Grandfather Lewis Corbin. Lewis Corbin was enslaved on the Ware plantation in Dunnsville, Virginia. My Great-Great-Great Grandfather escaped from his plantation and walked over 70 miles to Hampton, Virginia. In Hampton he joined the Union Navy and fought to liberate Black people from slavery. He was stationed on the USS Ella, a steamboat used as a picket and patrol vessel, as well as a dispatch boat, on the Potomac River. After reigning victorious over the confederate army and completing his service for the Union Navy, he moved back to Dunnsville, Virginia and helped form Angel Visit Baptist Church. My Great-Great-Great Grandfather was a gallant patriot who fought to MAKE AMERICA GREAT. He fought on the right side of history and men and women like him deserve to be honored. Confederate statues were erected en masse throughout the southern U.S. in the late 19th Century as a reminder to Black Americans that white supremacy still has its knee on our necks. The statues romanticize a period of time when Black men, women and children were being worked to death, raped, and treated as if their life had no value. The confederate monument in Tappahannock is a visible symbol of white supremacy and reinforces the idea that Black Lives don’t Matter. The confederate monument on Prince street was symbolically placed between the county’s court house and sheriffs department to affirm the centrality of white supremacy in our law enforcement and government agencies. Tearing down the statue on Prince Street symbolizes the dismantling of institutional racism. Removing the statue removes the symbolism of racial terror and validates that Black Lives do Matter. On June 4, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced that Richmond’s largest Confederate statue will be removed—today I am calling for the removal of the confederate monument in Tappahannock, Virginia. It is time  to tear down statues that honor men who took up arms against their country to defend their right to own Black men, women and children. If you are with me, please sign and share the petition to get the statue removed and replaced with a monument that honors REAL heroes like my Great-Great-Great Grandfather Lewis Corbin. Join us on July 11, 2020 at 1 PM on front of the confederate statue in Tappahannock, Virginia. We will be celebrating Marcus-David Peter’s Community Day and we will be calling for the implementation of the Marcus Alert and the removal of the confederate statue. At 3 PM we will be marching to St. Margaret’s School on Water Lane for musical performances and a documentary screening of the historic Tappahannock march for justice. 

Ronnie Sidney II
4,317 supporters
Update posted 10 months ago

Petition to Ralph Northam

Replace Confederate War Memorials statues with Martin Luther King Jr Statue

To facilitate racial unity in Virginia, USA and the world. I propose a statue of Martin Luther King Jr replace one of the soon to be removed confederate war memorial statues in Richmond Va. We need assistance of all who value human rights to uphold the dignity of those oppressed and mentally scared by the reminders of the institution of slavery and even the loss of life of adults and children of African Americans and our Caucasian supporters, #ItTakesAvillage. For there to be change for the minority, it will come at the partnership and strength of the majority. Silence is Compliance!  Confederate monuments have always been symbols of white supremacy. The majority of the monument building, between 1890 and 1920, was also a time of extreme racial violence, as Southern whites pushed back against what little progress had been made by African-Americans in the decades after the Civil War. As monuments went up, so did the bodies of black men, women and children during a long rash of lynching (derived from brothers Charles Lynch and Willie Lynch, see Willie's letter to slave owners http://thetalkingdrum.com/wil.html) My personal negative experiences are riding through the Confederate War Memorials located on Monument Avenue in Richmond, VA and USA Civil War reminders in Appomattox VA near where I was raised. In Appomattox Court House Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his 28,000 troops to Union General Ulysses S. Grant, effectively ending the American Civil War. The confederate idolologies should have died with the surrender and not been tolerated until this day.  We need leadership at all levels of government to make this and other social and economic changes. In addition, they must condemn not only their actions but also the symbols of white supremacy itself.  It will require political assistance to include, but not limited to, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and Richmond VA Mayor Levar Stoney. Truly patriotic Americans, of all colors and creeds, should stand up to them as they did this past weekend. But we also need leadership at all levels of government to condemn not only their actions but also white supremacy itself. Thank you for your consideration. 

ORLANDA BURKS
1,594 supporters
Update posted 10 months ago

Petition to David Owen, William E. Carter, Jeremiah Jefferies, Nathaniel Hall, Steve Oestreicher, Rick McVey, John D. Dickerson

Remove the Confederate Monument in Yanceyville, North Carolina!

The government of Caswell County, North Carolina is hereby petitioned to remove the Confederate monument statue located in downtown Yanceyville in front of the county courthouse. The statue, which is a symbol of white supremacy and the subjugation of African Americans, belongs in a museum or museum-like setting so that the public at large can learn more about slavery, the Civil War, and the legacy of Jim Crow discrimination relative to the county's history in particular. A suitable replacement memorial can be decided via public discussion. The removal of the Confederate statue, no matter how opposed some are to it in Caswell County, must occur to protect public safety appropriately and to safeguard the economic well-being of the community. The counterargument of preserving and protecting "heritage," or the June 2020 effort to shield Caswell's citizens from the potential hostility of those who support the statue remaining where it is, by enacting a curfew in the downtown area via a state of emergency order, do not give the county a carte blanche or an indefinite license to continue displaying so prominently at the town's center such a hurtful symbol of racism and inhumanity. The county's behavior in this regard would serve to dismiss in effect those voices of dissent who are also taxpaying constituents, all while a legal precedent has been set by the state's governor to remove Confederate monuments in order to protect public safety. Many of the events concerning the latter are unequivocally analogous to the ongoing circumstances present in Yanceyville.  We urge the government of Caswell County to take note of the many African Americans at present who do not attend the annual Bright Leaf Hoedown -- the largest festival of the year in the county that takes place every September in the Historic Town Square in Yanceyville -- in order to not be in the statue's offensive presence. Together we say, "Enough is enough!" We urge especially fellow Caswell County citizens to see that prospective forward-thinking businesses will likely have little to do with our county if through inaction it appears to be protecting the legacy of white supremacy by way of the Confederate statue's continued presence in the town square. Again we say, "Enough is enough!" Therefore, for the sake of the local economy, potential business investment in the community, and to do simply what is right to best protect public safety, we ask the government of Caswell County to turn its back on any complicity in the continued enshrinement of racist hatred and cruelty. We ask that it remove the Confederate monument statue in Yanceyville and welcome a new and inclusive vision of the future.

Concerned Citizens of Caswell County
1,653 supporters
This petition won 11 months ago

Petition to Duval County School District, Ashley Smith Juarez, Cheryl Grymes, Elizabeth Andersen, Warren Jones, Darryl Willie, Charlotte Joyce, Lori Hershey, Dr. Diana L. Greene

Change the Name of Robert E Lee High School in Jacksonville, FL

America's foundation has been shaken in 2020. Two horrific acts have been taken on innocent African American men: Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd. There has been plenty of awareness on the subject of racism; however, it's time to do something.  Robert E. Lee High School is named after a famous Confederate General. Just 50 years ago, until 1970, African Americans weren't even allowed to attend Robert E. Lee. Integrating the school was a step forward in 1970. Yet, the recent murders of innocent civilians has set America back 50 years. Robert E. Lee's name is a social stigma that haunts Jacksonville as it is a constant reminder of the racism and hate that exists today. 70% of the students that attend Robert E. Lee are African American. Many of whom don't have the choice to go to another school since Lee is their neighboring school. Take action and participate in one small win for America by helping petition and fund changing the name of Robert E. Lee High School. The students of Jacksonville deserve to go to a school they're proud of going to- named after a man whose legacy positively impacts people of color. Not a monster who didn't even want to see them as free men and women. America needs to see positive viral news for the first time in 2020. America needs to see this High School be renamed after a historical African American man.   

Todd Stevens
15,731 supporters