A small group of demonstrators toppled a statue of a Confederate general from the prior capital of the Confederacy late Saturday, following a day of mostly peaceful protests from the Virginia town.
She stated she didn’t understand if there had been any arrests or harm done to the statue.
A rope was tied around the Confederate statue, which has stood since 1891, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported, including that a person urinated on the statue once it had been hauled down. Pictures and video in the paper showed that what seemed to be red paint splashed or sprayed onto the statue.
In 2017, a few of Wickham’s descendants urged the town to remove the statue.
Confederate memorials started coming down following a white supremacist killed nine black individuals in a Bible study in a church in South Carolina in 2015 and then again following the mortal white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017.
Last week, Gov. Ralph Northam declared a statue of former Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee could be taken out from the perch on the famous Monument Avenue” when you can.”
Monuments across the route have been rallying points throughout protests lately over Floyd’s passing, and they’ve been labeled with graffiti, such as messages which state”End police brutality” and”Cease white supremacy.”
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney last week announced plans to seek the elimination of another Confederate monument along Monument Avenue, including sculptures of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Confederate Gens. Those statues sit on town property, unlike the Lee statue, which will be on state land.
Stoney said he’d present an ordinance July 1 to possess the statues removed. That is when a new law goes into effect, that has been signed earlier this season by Northam, that undoes that a present state law shielding Confederate monuments and rather lets local authorities decide their destiny.
Wickham’s statue stood at Monroe Park, about a mile from the Lee statue and surrounded by the Virginia Commonwealth University campus.