The Monuments Working Group is made up of graduate students from the University of Virginia and community members living in Charlottesville and Richmond who are devoted to activism, social justice, and ending the racism on display in our cities’ most honored public spaces. We are gathered together to put pressure on leaders at the University of Virginia and elected officials to bring about the removal and re-contextualization of racist and Confederate statues in the city of Charlottesville and on the famous Monument Avenue in Richmond, VA.
We are not deterred by the current legal quagmire regarding the removal of public monuments. We will not sit by and wait for the issue to be resolved in the courts. The members of The Monuments Working Group plan an extended public awareness campaign for 2018/19 that pushes for long-overdue interventions in the monumental landscape at UVA, the removal of every Confederate monument on the Avenue in Richmond, and proposes alternative forms of commemoration that either acknowledge a history of violence against African Americans and other minority groups living in the city of Richmond or celebrate the community’s greatest accomplishments.
Image credit: Currier and Ives, The Fall of Richmond, Va. On the Night of April 2d. 1865, lithograph, hand-colored, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division (image source).