VMI Votes To Remove Stonewall Statue

Comes Days After Superintendent's Resignation

AP News
October 29, 2020 - 4:26 pm

Andy Doernen/Newsradio WRVA


LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Military Institute’s board voted Thursday to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson that currently stands in front of the barracks on campus. That's according to school spokesman William “Bill” Wyatt, who confirmed the decision in a brief email to The Associated Press. 

The statue and other associations with the Confederacy recently have generated discussion at the nation’s oldest state-supported military college, which is facing an outside investigation into what Virginia officials have characterized as a culture of “structural racism.”