This week’s question comes from our own Ashley Webb.
I recently visited Richmond for work, and as I was driving down Richmond’s Monument Avenue, I was struck, not by the ‘offensive’ nature of the Confederate statues lining the center of the streets, but by the beauty and talent put forth into the creation of the statues- let alone the sheer size of them! Most of the statues were commissioned and erected between 1890 and 1925 (with Robert E. Lee’s statue being the first unveiled in 1890).
In June, after the controversy began concerning the Confederate flag, activists targeted the statues portraying Virginia’s Confederate heroes-aiming for Richmond to remove them from the illustrious street.
Do you think the city should remove the statues? What about in cities other than Richmond? Do you think the symbolism of these statues has changed, 100+ years later?