A Confederate monument that helped trigger a violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville is expected to come down Saturday, the city announced.
Charlottesville said in a press release that the equestrian statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee as well as a nearby Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson will be removed Saturday. Designated public viewing areas for removal will be established in both parks where the statues are located, the press release said.
The development comes more than five years after a 2016 removal focusing on the Lee statue. When these plans emerged, the Lee monument became a rallying point for white supremacists and other racist groups, culminating in the violent “Unite the Right”
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Due to lawsuits and changes in a state law dealing with war memorials, the city had not been able to act until now.
Preparations around the parks begin Friday and include the installation of protective fences, according to the press release. The city said only the statues will be removed so far. The stone bottoms are temporarily left behind and removed later.