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Alexandria Quietly Schedules Confederate Advisory Group Meeting

Appomattox Statue in Alexandria, Virginia

Alexandria City Manager Schedules 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. You can see our previous post on this topic at this link.

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.

I have to say, I’m a little surprised that groups like United Daughters of the Confederacy, Daughters of the American Revolution, or Sons of Confederate Veterans have no representation on the group. That is, if the City wants to hear from all sides in this discussion, which it appears they do not.

The first group meeting has now been scheduled. The first meeting is scheduled for January 27 at 7:00 PM at City Hall in the Sister Cities Conference Room (Room 1101 – right off the Vola Lawson lobby).

(H/T Jol)

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gcrider
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gcrider

Very disappointing to not have representation from at least one group who supports recognizing Confederates who served in the “War between the States”.

West Ender
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West Ender

Why should the City solicit opinions from the defenders of those who fought for slavery?

Bob
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Bob

Because they own the statue…

Buh bye
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Buh bye

America the great is fading away. Goodbye, you will be missed

Cactus Tony
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Cactus Tony

Yep, it’s a bloody shame. I mean, not only do women get to vote, one of ’em’s gonna be mayor. Now we’re talking about no longer honoring those who took up arms against us? SMH, this isn’t the ‘mer-ca I remember.

spookiness
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spookiness

Its so hard to find good help anymore!

oldtowner
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oldtowner

Quite frankly, I don’t care what someone who still celebrates the Confederacy thinks about statues. The war was about slavery…..they lost.

Walker Fairfax
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Walker Fairfax

If the war was about slavery, then why did Lincoln wait until 1863 to issue the Emancipation Proclamation?

Why did the Emancipation Proclamation apply only to the Confederacy?

W.D.
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W.D.

If you condone what amounts to revising history then there should be no complaints when ISIS destroys monuments and historical buildings. What some people in the United States are doing is exactly the same thing. Revising history to fit their viewpoint and ideals.

Cactus Tony
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Cactus Tony

No, WD, revising history would be things like publishing textbooks that say slavery wasn’t really that bad or that the Civil War was about states rights. Simply ceasing to honor those who took up arms against this country–and in case you haven’t looked lately, we live in the USA, not the CSA or the People’s Republic of Virginia or somesuch–is hardly revisionist.

I do approve of the comparison between ISIS and the Confederacy, though.