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Confederate Monuments

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Petition to Virginia General Assembly, Commonwealth Transportation Board, Governor Ralph Northam

Stop Memorializing a Slave Owner and White Supremacist: Rename Jefferson Davis Highway

Jefferson Davis was hailed as the “champion of a slave society” when he was selected in 1861 to become President of the Confederate States of America. Davis was an unrepentant white supremacist who fervently believed the Southern cause, slavery and segregation were right and just until his last dying breath in 1889. It is therefore outrageous that a major Virginia thoroughfare, Jefferson Davis Highway (aka Route 1) which abuts the Pentagon and other US Capital landmarks continues to bear the name of a morally depraved, non-Virginian who rejected the very idea of a United States.   The back-story of the decision in 1920 to name southern sections of Route 1 after Davis adds to the disturbing legacy of racism in America. At that time, the Daughters of the Confederacy along with US Rep. Earl B. Mayfield of Texas, a close ally of the Ku Klux Klan, began a campaign to attach the name of the Confederate president to Southern roads in a futile attempt to create a transcontinental highway bearing his name. At the height of the Jim Crow era, when lynching of Southern blacks was conducted with regularity and impunity, these advocates of white domination routed a road symbolizing black oppression and enslavement across several predominately black neighborhoods, as if to reinforce the message of racial subjugation. The choice of name is, therefore, an affront to African-Americans and, indeed, all Americans who are repulsed by the evils of slavery, segregation and racism. It's time for the Commonwealth of Virginia, to remove the name of this Confederate leader from all sections of Route 1 in Virginia. Virginia is a state that prides itself on its diversity, technological innovation, leadership in education and progress. The name Jefferson Davis is far from what the state should honor. Let's stop indulging the race haters who named the road after their race hating hero. Let’s change the image of this important roadway from hatred and rename it to memorialize hope and progress. Please sign this petition calling on Governor Terry McAulliffe, the Virginia General Assembly and the Commonwealth Transportation Board to rename  all sections of Jefferson Davis Highway.  

Daniel Zim
4,699 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Mayor Donna Dodgen, Guadalupe County Commissioners, Councilor Ernest Leal, Councilor Jeannette Crabb, Councilor Chris Aviles, Councilor Chris Rangel, Councilor Jeremy Roy, Councilor Fonda Mathis, Councilor Penny Wallace, Councilor Mark Herbold, Greg Abbott

Remove the Monument To Confederate Racist John Ireland in Downtown Seguin

We must remove the monument to the racist, traitor to the United States, and Confederate Soldier John Ireland, from downtown Seguin. Ireland held offices such as Mayor of Seguin and Governor of Texas. He is a stain on the soul of our great city and state. A firm believer in slavery, Ireland campaigned for greater efforts to reclaim slaves who had run away to freedom in Mexico. He was an ardent secessionist and served as a delegate of Seguin to the 1861 Secession Convention. He enlisted in the Confederate States Army as a private and eventually worked his way through the ranks to that of lieutenant colonel. Throughout the Civil War, Ireland was stationed within the Texas borders, patrolling along the Rio Grande border and along the Gulf Coast, where he was stationed at the civil war's end in 1865. Following the war, Ireland participated in the Reconstruction Convention of 1866 and was soon elected judge of the Seguin District. He was removed from his position the following year for his roles in the Confederacy by Republicans that seized power. We cannot allow history to be rewritten by Confederate Apologists. Ireland was not a good man and has absolutely no right to be honored in the way he is downtown in Seguin, TX. 

Joseph Scott Ranft
739 supporters
This petition won 4 weeks ago

Petition to Mayor David Pennington, City Council Member Derek Waugh of Ward One, City Council Member Annalee Harlan of Ward Two, City Council Member Tyree Goodlett of Ward Three, City Council Member Gary Crews of Ward Four

Relocate the Statue of Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston from Downtown Dalton

In the winter of 1863-64 General Joseph E. Johnston, commander of the Confederate Army of Tennessee, made 314 N. Selvidge Street, Dalton, Ga (now locally know as the "Huff House") his headquarters as he gathered 40,000 troop to defend against Sherman's Atlanta Campaign. When Major General Sherman started his campaign on May 4th, General Johnston fought defensive battles for 9 days before ultimately fleeing from Dalton on May 13 to Resaca, Ga, which he then yielded just 2 days later. In 1912, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the south's secession, it became "en vogue" to erect monuments celebrating the confederate leaders of the American Civil War. These monuments were part of a great push across the south that ultimately showed community support for a new wave of Jim Crow Laws, the rise of the Ku Klux Klan, and serve as a warning to black travelers in a new age of inter-state travel.We, the undersigned, believe that statues placed on public land should serve to venerate individuals held collectively in high esteem. They are meant to embody the identity and ideals of a community and communicate to visitors what a community values. The statue of Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston does not embody the identity or the ideals of Dalton. The truth remains that the Confederacy was formed in large part to protect the institution of slavery, and while that truth should be remembered, it should not be honored. We ask that the City of Dalton remove this statue from public land, and to work with relevant stakeholders in having it relocated to the grounds of Huff House where General Joseph E. Johnston and his statue's history can be contextualized in an appropriate location.A person we believe does embody the identity of Dalton is Ms. Catherine Evans Whitener. Her homegrown ingenuity lifted thousands out of poverty and provided an additional mean for income to families in our community when crops failed or the Great Depression hit. With only a fifth grade education, Ms. Whitener became a pioneer and helped to create a multi-billion dollar industry for which Dalton is recognized across the world.  Statues are not history; Statues are symbols of what a community most values. Now is the time for Dalton to address our history and affirm the values at our community's core.

Savannah Thomas
6,177 supporters