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Alexandria Quietly Appoints Confederate Memorials and Street Names Group

Appomattox Statue in Alexandria, Virginia

Alexandria City Manager Appoints Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Confederate Memorials and Street Names

On September 29, 2015, the Alexandria City Council voted unanimously to establish an Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Confederate Memorials and Street Names.

The establishing resolution directed the City Manager to appoint the seven members of the Advisory Group, with two members appointed at-large and one member appointed from each of the Alexandria Human Rights Commission, the Historic Alexandria Resources Commission, the Alexandria Society for the Preservation of Black Heritage, the Alexandria Planning Commission, and the Alexandria Transportation Commission.

That group has now been appointed. 

The Advisory Group is directed to bring community values, knowledge, and ideas into discussions and considerations of issues related to Confederate memorials and street names in Alexandria and is charged with developing recommendations on actions, if any, that it believes City Council should consider with respect to:

  • the status of the Appomattox statue on South Washington Street
  • the name of Jefferson Davis Highway in the City of Alexandria
  • the names of the many streets within the City that are named after Confederate generals and military leaders
  • a specific policy on flying of any flags on property owned or under the control of the City.

The Advisory Group will be holding public hearings on this issue in Alexandria, Virginia and is scheduled complete its work and forward its recommendations to City Council no later than March 15, 2016.

After soliciting applicants for the two at-large positions, and recommendations by commission chairs for commission representatives, the City Manager appointed the following members to the Advisory Group:

  • Mary Lyman, Chair (representing the Planning Commission)
  • Ruth Brannigan (at-large)
  • Molly Fannon (at-large)
  • Elizabeth McCall (representing the Historic Alexandria Resources Commission)
  • James Lewis (representing the Transportation Commission)
  • LaDonna Sanders (representing the Human Rights Commission)
  • Eugene Thompson (representing the Society for the Preservation of Black Heritage)

The first meeting of the Advisory Group will likely be held in mid-January 2016.

(H/T Jol)

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Aloma Alber
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Aloma Alber

The citizens of Alexandria will literally be lost of the street names are changed. The only time this was ever brought up was with Taney Avenue all other streets should remain as they are even if they were scoundrels they are ours and the cost of survey and federal map changes would be just plain crazy not to mention modern GPS. Regarding the monument he is close to a museum, a literal stones throw, and the same group noted that close to a museum should be left alone…..again the citizens of Alexandria vote NO. and when and where is this… Read more »

Catherine Crabill
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Catherine Crabill

So, the liberal weasels have quietly gathered to conspire to erase our national history and identity. Self-loathing, America hating, metrosexuals who can’t stand the reality of those who loved liberty more than life. Ignorant of the truth, determined to desecrate the names and memorials of men whose boots these craven cowards are not fir to polish.

The War Between the States was never about Slavery, though that was the only good that came of it. These men should not be defamed by revisionist lies.

Rocket J. Squirrel
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Rocket J. Squirrel

“So, the liberal weasels have quietly gathered to conspire…” You misspelled “LIBTURD” which is, I believe, the form and spelling endorsed by the Conservative Online Commenter Style Manual. “…men whose boots these craven cowards are not fir to polish.” More of a loblolly pine than a fir, really, but carry on. “The War Between the States was never about Slavery…” The Civil War, however, was absolutely about preservation of the institution of slavery as well as the subjugation of the black population, as a quick glance at primary sources of the day would reveal. And also, -10 points for not… Read more »

Catherine Crabill
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Catherine Crabill

R.J. Squirrel, huh? Second cousin to a weasel? The fact that you take pot shots under a pseudonym tells me everything I need to know about you, including “craven coward”.

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Please keep the comments civil. That said, the original documents of the Confederacy show quite clearly that the war was based on one thing: slavery. Question is, should our history be changed? Why can’t we talk about it and learn from it?

Monument Blogger
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Just wrote about poor ol’ Appomatox on my blog.

I say: Rename the streets, and the buildings, and don’t raise the flags, but please let the public art stay.

T. Jackson
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T. Jackson

If there is a Black Heritage group represented, shouldn’t there be a representative of the people most interested in Confederate History/heritage included also? The omission of the Sons of Confederate Veterans as a part of this advisory group surely provides proof of the predetermined agenda here.

Rocket J. Squirrel
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Rocket J. Squirrel

Ah, those poor, put-upon white men never do seem to get their say, eh?

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cagedgardener
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cagedgardener

Hey Rocket…I apologize for being born a white male but I identify as an undocumented, gay, transgender, black, native american, asian, hispanic, who is economically challenged…Do I get a say now?

MattCicle
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This got ugly quickly…

Pat Papin
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Pat Papin

There is an excellent documentary that WETA aired called Alexandria: the Early Years – it showed how our town grew, changed and weathered adversity and despite everything, good and bad prospered and thrived. Our family has watched this video many times and each time learned something about our amazing town. It showed our history in great detail and despite being a native I learned a great deal about Alexandria. The historians, black and white, detailed slavery and Alexandria’s part in it as well as the Civil War. The monuments and cemeteries were shown and explained. I learned about how this… Read more »

Rocket J. Squirrel
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Rocket J. Squirrel

It’s not “changing history” nor is it “politically correct” or ‘stupid lib-rul nonsense’ (etc, etc) to suggest that, hey, maybe it’s time to stop glorifying those who A) broke away from this nation and B) fought for a dishonorable, despicable institution.

I mean, it DOES amuse me to see people with “AMERICA: LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT!” -type swag right next to their Confederate gear, but it’s time to grow up and put the toys away, kids.