(Matt Demlein, WRVA)

Monument Avenue Commission Report

Removal of the Jefferson Davis Monument among recommendations

July 02, 2018 - 1:44 pm

Richmond, VA _  The Monument Avenue Commission formed by Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney to come up with recommendations for the city's historic avenue, has released a 117 page report containing its recommendations.

The commission recommends removing the Jefferson Davis Monument, pending litigation or changes in state law.  The report concludes that "of all the statues, this one is the most unabashaedly Lost Cause in its design and sentiment.  Davis was not from Richmond or Virginia."

The report also recommends adding prominent permanent signage at the public right of ways adjacent to the Maury, Jackson, Davis and Stuart monuments that reflect the historic, biographical artistic, and changing meaning over time for each.

The report recommends the creation of new contemporary works that bring new and expanded meaning to Monument avenue by engaging artists locally and internationally, and the commissioning of a monument dedicated to soldiers of the United States Colored Troops, predominately formerly enslaved men who seized the opportunity to free themselves, their families and millions of others by shouldering arms.

You'll find the complete report on the commissions website.