Charlottesville Votes To Remove Stonewall Jackson Statue
The city council in Charlottesville, Virginia has voted unanimously in favor of removing a statue of Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. The decision comes after protesters clashed in Charlottesville last month, resulting in the death of one protester. The council had previously voted on covering the statues from public view after being confronted by angry residents during a council meeting who shouted and cursed at the council following the violent clashes between white nationalists and counter protesters. Since then, the debate over Confederate monuments has created tension throughout the United States with groups demanding immediate removal of Confederate monuments. The city council in Charlottesville plans to relocate the monument of Stonewall Jackson to a location where the historical importance can remain preserved. One councilman spoke out saying that the display of Confederate monuments isn't relevant to preserving the history or culture of the United States. President Donald Trump has expressed agreement with residents in the South who believe Confederate monuments are important to American heritage.