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A statement from the Friends of Chimborazo Park

The following is a statement posted in the Facebook page of the Friends of Chimborazo Park regarding The Confederate Soldiers and Sailors’ Monument in Libby Hill Park.


The Confederate Soldiers and Sailors’ Monument is a monument to white supremacy and is a blight to our neighborhood and our city. This eyesore sits on top of nearby Libby Hill and towers over our diverse and multiracial community.

This monument’s unveiling in May of 1894 was the cause for a city wide celebration. Thousands of white people attended the parade the day this statue was unveiled. Confederate veterans from all over the South came for the occasion and were treated as heroes.

This monument to white supremacy was euphemistically called a monument to the “lost cause” and to “the South’s loyalty to the memory of the rank and file of that army that suffered as no other army ever suffered before for a cause.” In reality it was nothing less than a shrine to a social order that insisted that African Americans were less than human.

In a just world, the removal of the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors’ Monument would be cause for greater celebration and pomp than its installation warranted 126 years ago.

In the spirit of racial justice and reconciliation, the Friends of Chimborazo Park call for the removal of this offensive monument to racism.

Take it down.

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Chris
Chris
1 month ago

To the “snowflake” that wrote this childish rant, you can’t pick and choose what history you want to preserve. Please find something more productive to do with your life.

The U.....nion Hill
The U.....nion Hill
1 month ago

Political correctness run amuck.

keep history, kill monuments
keep history, kill monuments
1 month ago

The Soldiers and Sailors monument has always been an extension of Monument Avenue. It’s days are clearly numbered. https://chpn.net/2014/04/16/proposed-monument-to-robert-e-lee-at-libby-hill/

Marcos
Marcos
1 month ago

Dear Chris, You can very much pick and choose which history you want to preserve- just look at the Germans. Did they preserve the history of the Nazis by putting up monuments of Hitler? No, because they are ashamed of that history. You always decide to go for personal attacks instead of intelligently arguing your position. Not anymore sir. You don’t get to say your shitty comment anymore, hide behind the internet wall and demean a well thought out argument just because you don’t agree with it. Confederate monuments are about white supremacy. They’re about a system that fought to… Read more »

The U.....nion Hill
The U.....nion Hill
1 month ago

1984 was a cautionary tale, not an instruction manual.

Heather
Heather
1 month ago

The statues are themselves ‘revisionist’ history. Taking them down doesn’t erase history – it corrects it.

The U.....nion Hill
The U.....nion Hill
1 month ago

Remember when Dominique Danzy was killed? Why no outrage or marches for her?

Joshua
Joshua
2 days ago

When all the statues are taken down the proponents will still be losers. The presence of statues did not prevent people from being productive citizens. Don’t misunderstand me, I agree that the statues mostly had a nefarious purpose. But the statues are not what is the problem. If one is triggered by the presence of a statue so much so that people riot, burn buildings, and steal, then there is a larger conversation to be had that has nothing to do with statues. We are a product of our decisions, not products of our circumstances. Richmond is a predominately black… Read more »

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