Political Tuesday: Fenwick discusses statue controversy

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- Charlottesville City Council member Bob Fenwick says he wants to take his time to decide what to do with the Robert E. Lee statue in Lee Park.

Last week a high school student started a petition to have the statue removed, and council members Wes Bellamy and Kristin Szakos agreed, but other council members have not taken a public stand.

Fenwick said he is open to the idea of keeping the Lee statue in place and adding other statues to the park that include some African American leaders.

"I think that would be acceptable," Fenwick said. "That's one of the things that people have brought up to me as well. Or to re-name the park Freedom Park. It's a big park right in the middle of the city. We don't just have to honor one particular time in our history. We can honor several times.

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