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Charlottesville Will No Longer Celebrate Thomas Jefferson's Birthday

Jeff Katz
July 03, 2019 - 2:52 pm

The city of Charlottesville, in its quest to pander to every left-wing snowflake who wants to erase history, has now moved to stop celebrating Thomas Jefferson's birthday. The city council voted Monday in a 4-1 decision to discontinue celebrating the birthday of the third president which falls on April 13.

Instead, the city will replace it with a March 3 holiday celebrating the emancipation of slaves, called "Liberation and Freedom Day." March 3 was the day in 1865 when Union Gen. Phillip Sheridan's army came through Charlottesville to find a largely black population, according to WTOP. Though many were likely not freed until later, historians note this was the conflict that granted freedom for many in the town.

Jefferson was born on April 3, 1743 and was not only a founding father and author of the Declaration of Independence, but also founder of the University of Virginia, located in Charlottesville.

You cannot speak of American history without Jefferson, but over the years, public opinion of founding fathers and prominent historical figures who were slave-owners has grown increasingly sour. And as the left continues to try and blot out history to protect peoples' feelings, more and more monuments, statues and other commemorative structures have come under fire.

During the riots in Charlottesville in 2017, much of the conflict during the protests centered around whether or not Confederate monuments should be removed from public display.