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.