Stonewall Jackson Removed From His Pedestal

Follows Mayor's Order To Remove

WRVA News
July 01, 2020 - 6:02 pm
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Richmond, Va. (Newsradiowrva.com) -  In a driving rain and thunderstorm, with thousands of people cheering, the statue of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson was removed from its pedestal.

Stonewall Jackson sits on Arthur Ashe Boulevard on July 1, 2020. (Matt Demlein, WRVA)
(Matt Demlein, WRVA)

The removal came after hours of work, and after Mayor Levar Stoney told City Council he believed he had the authority to move forward.  City Councilman Mike Jones attended the removal and said he backed the mayor.  The crowds grew as news of the removal spread.

Crowd gathers at Jackson Monument to watch its removal on July 1, 2020. (Matt Demlein, WRVA)
(Matt Demlein, WRVA)

There was one counter-protestor who went to the Monument and waved a pro-Monument flag.  That man was quickly swarmed and law enforcement had to whisk him away.  His pro-Monument flag was also taken from him and burned.

Protestors burn the pro-mounment flag of a counter protestor on July 1, 2020.  (Matt Demlein, WRVA)
(Matt Demlein, WRVA)

The statue first went up on Monument in 1919.  Virginia Republicans tweeted out a criticism of the removal after the statue came down.

 

The Jefferson Davis statue on Monment was removed by protestors last month.