Blue Ribbon Commission to make final report on Confederate statues

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- The Blue Ribbon Commission created by Charlottesville City Council is poised to make its final report to city councilors.

In its report, the commission makes several recommendations on how to handle Confederate statues and parks around Charlottesville.

Concerning the Lee Park and the Robert E. Lee Statue, the commission recommends the city council either re-locate the Lee statue or transform it to tell a "fuller story."

The commission also recommends city council change the name of Lee Park.

The commission made similar recommendations for the Stonewall Jackson statue in Jackson Park next to Court Square.

The report also addressed the Court Square Slave Auction Block.

In its recommendations, the commission says the current plaque should be replaced with a more visible marker. It also recommended a memorial be built for Charlottesville's enslaved population.

The commission's report supports the current plans to restore the Daughter's of Zion Cemetery and finance the new park dedicated to the Vinegar Hill Community.

Finally, the commission recommends the Charlottesville City Council change the names of public places and streets, and build new memorials that paint a fuller picture of Charlottesville's history.

The full report will be presented to the city council on Monday night.



 
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