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In voting to remove Jackson statue, violence outweighed meaning for councilors
The Daily Progress Wednesday, September 06, 2017 at 10 p.m.

After Councilor Wes Bellamy told a community member Tuesday evening that he is not interested in compromise, the Charlottesville City Council unanimously voted to remove a second Confederate statue downtown.

Pending the outcome of a lawsuit challenging its authority to do so, the city will remove two statues depicting Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson from their respective homes in Emancipation Park and Justice Park, both of which, prior to this summer, were named after the Confederate generals.

After 11 p.m. Tuesday, following an extended public hearing regarding the Aug. 12 white nationalist rally originally organized to protest the council’s previous vote in February to remove just the Lee statue, the City Council passed a resolution to also remove the Jackson statue.

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