“As recommended in the Racial Equity Task Force’s report”
Charlottesville, Virginia has removed two statues over the weekend. One of General Lee and another Depicting Lewis and Clark with Sacagawea.
Now the University of Virginia has removed a campus statue of George Rogers Clark.
The Daily Progress reports:
UVa’s George Rogers Clark statue to begin coming down Sunday
The George Rogers Clark statue at the University of Virginia will begin to come down Sunday from its pedestal in a park at the intersection of West Main Street and Jefferson Park Avenue, officials confirmed Saturday.
The statue was erected in 1921 on property that once housed the university’s coal bins and pharmacy. It was paid for by Paul Goodloe McIntire, who also paid for the statues of Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee in Market Street Park and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson in Court Square Park, as well as a statue at Fifth and Main streets honoring the Lewis and Clark expedition.
The city of Charlottesville on Saturday removed the Lee and Jackson statues and the monument depicting Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and Sacagawea.
Team Henry Enterprises, a Newport News-based contracting firm, oversaw the removals for the city and was awarded the contract for the George Rogers Clark statue’s removal, as well. Team Henry Enterprises also removed several Confederate statues in Richmond last summer.
“As recommended in the Racial Equity Task Force’s report and approved by the Board of Visitors in September 2020, the university has contracted for the removal of the George Rogers Clark statue on University Avenue,” a UVa spokesman confirmed. He said the removal will begin Sunday and that site work will continue for several days…
The removal is expected to cost about $400,000, officials said at a June Board of Visitors meeting. Once the statue has left the location, the university will discuss with students and members of American Indian tribes and the Indigenous community about what should replace it.
The statue of George Rogers Clark “confronting” three Native Americans has been removed from Grounds at University of Virginia. pic.twitter.com/qxYkQIzj7I
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