Monument Avenue Commission sets public hearings

RICHMOND (WRIC) – The commission weighing the future of the monuments on Monument Avenue in Richmond have set two meetings for the public to weigh in on the issue.

The decision to form the Monument Avenue Commission comes in the midst of a national movement to remove Confederate monuments in major cities throughout the country.

The commission has announced two meetings for the public to voice their opinions and concerns on the statues:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 9, Virginia Historical Society, 428 N. Boulevard
  • Wednesday, September 13, Virginia Historical Society, 428 N. Boulevard

The announcement did not include a start time for the meetings.

Stoney said in a news conference in June that the intent of the commission is not to remove the monuments but to “tell the complete story of Monument Avenue” by placing placards nearby, giving the context and history of the time in which they were built. Stoney also suggested adding new monuments to the roadway representing prominent figures of color.

“Right now, Arthur Ashe stands alone and he is the only true champion on that street,” Stoney said.

“Well, I guess we’re fortunate that he’s not proposing taking them down like the rest of the hysterical crowd,” Edwin Ray, a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, said. “I look at the list of members of the commission, and it doesn’t seem to me that he’s interested at all in telling the whole story.”

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