Favorite

Norfolk Mayor Wants to Move Confederate Monument; Protests Planned Downtown 

click to enlarge The base of the Confederate monument in downtown Norfolk.

Terri Winslow

The base of the Confederate monument in downtown Norfolk.

Mayor Kenny Alexander said he supports moving Norfolk's Confederate monument from downtown to Elmwood Cemetery, as a protest is planned at the site Wednesday afternoon.

At 4 p.m., people will gather at the statue named Johnny Reb at the southeast corner of Commercial Place and East Main Street.

The monument was put up in 1907 and moved slightly to its current location in 1971.

Norfolk's previous City Council, of which Alexander was not a member, unanimously agreed in 2015 to keep the monument where it is. Five of the eight who made that decision remain on the council.

But Alexander, who took office last year, said downtown is no longer the place for a monument that some see as a symbol of hate.

The Confederate flag, which is featured on the statue's base, is "used as a symbol of hate, intolerance,” the mayor said. “It’s used … to intimidate.”

The structure is engraved "Our Confederate Dead," and Alexander said it’s appropriate to remember Norfolk residents who lost their lives in the Civil War, but the appropriate place is in a cemetery. He noted people from here fought to preserve the Union as well, including Sgt. William Carney, a Norfolk native who was the first black recipient of the Medal of Honor.

The planned protest, called "Disrupt Confederate Monuments," is organized by Disrupt Norfolk VA, an organization that aims to "create a safer space for strengthening affinity groups, sharing projects and discussing the topics we care to organize around," according to its Facebook page.

Learn more at PilotOnline.com

Favorite

Latest in News and Features

Comments

Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

Connect with Style Weekly

Most Popular Stories

  • Palms on the Potomac

    Palms on the Potomac

    Our day trip series heads to charming Colonial Beach, a relaxed small town featuring the second-longest beach in Virginia.
    • Sep 7, 2021
  • Co-working Co-conspirators

    Co-working Co-conspirators

    Richmond’s first Black- and queer-owned co-working space is open for business.
    • Aug 31, 2021
  • Deciding Factors

    Deciding Factors

    A close governor’s race between two wealthy Virginia businessmen could set the tone for broader national elections, but this time it’s not business as usual.
    • Aug 24, 2021
  • Fall Arts Preview

    Fall Arts Preview

    • Aug 31, 2021
  • More »

Copyright © 2021 Style Weekly
Richmond's alternative for news, arts, culture and opinion
All rights reserved
Powered by Foundation