The General Robert Edward Lee Statue, Charlottesville VA.
The tarps over the statues of Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson in downtown Charlottesville were removed and replaced twice before being removed a third time over the weekend.
Charlottesville police Lt. Steve Upman said the tarps initially were removed sometime around 11 p.m. Saturday, and one of the tarps was damaged.
No arrests have been made, Upman said.
Doug Ehman, the city’s parks division manager, said crews finished putting the tarps back up around 9:10 a.m. Sunday. The city diverted staff who were working because of the inclement weather to replace the shrouds, Ehman said.
The tarps were removed a second and third time throughout the day Sunday. The tarps were still down as of 9 p.m. Sunday.
Prior to this weekend, the tarps have been removed and replaced by city workers about a half-dozen times since they were installed Aug. 23.
A group of Charlottesville-area residents suing the city to prevent the removal of the monuments also wants the city’s Circuit Court to order the removal of tarps. The judge did not require the city to remove the tarps in October. A hearing in the lawsuit is set for Monday.
This author salutes these vigilant and brave Sons of the South! Keep heart men, the future is ours!
Rise up Southrons!