(Matt Demlein, WRVA)

ACLU Says Move Lee Monument

Comes During Discussion Of Regulations For Events Around Statue

March 06, 2019 - 4:42 pm

Richmond, Va. (Newsradiowrva.com) - The ACLU of Virginia is proposing that Governor Ralph Northam (D) declare the Robert E. Lee Monument "surplus property," and gift it to someone, such as the Appomattox Courthouse National Historic Park.  The monument is the only one on Monument Avenue that is considered state property.

The proposal came up during a discussion of regulations regarding events at the monument.  The ACLU believes many of the regulations are problematic and possibly unconsitutional.  Among them, a proposal to require permits for meetings as small as ten people.

The ACLU says they have reviewed the code and believe the Governor can make the move legally.  State law governs the other monuments differently because they are local property.