For this week’s Sunday Discussion, a debate that began with the Confederate flag, then the Confederate flag on Virginia license plates now focuses on some of Virginia’s most iconic sights – the Confederate statues (see this link, this link, and this link for examples).
In Alexandria, Virginia, City Councilman Justin Wilson called the City’s Appomattox statue ‘problematic’ this week. The statue, erected in 1889 to honor Alexandrians who died fighting for the Confederate army, is protected by state law and only the Virginia General Assembly can order its removal.
On the statue is a plaque with this inscription:
“THE CONFEDERATE STATUE
The unarmed Confederate soldier standing in the intersection of Washington and Prince Streets marks the location where units from Alexandria left to join the Confederate Army on May 24, 1861. The soldier is facing the battlefields to the South where his comrades fell during the War Between the States. The names of those Alexandrians who died in service for the Confederacy are inscribed on the base of the statue. The title of the sculpture is “Appomattox” by M. Casper Buberl.
The statue was erected in 1889 by the Robert E. Lee Camp United Confederate Veterans.”
So, I’d like to know what you think. Should it be removed? Why or why not?
As always, feel free to sound off about this topic, or any other topic you want to discuss in the comments below.
(Photo by Cliff, on Flickr)