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Sacajawea statue still in limbo after descendants say they want ‘generational’ control over monument

The Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center’s proposal to take the city’s statue of explorers Sacajawea, Merriweather Lewis and William Clark seemed a done deal at Monday’s Council meeting. But a hiccup emerged when Sacajawea’s descendants requested they be granted indefinite control over the statue. Rose Ann Abrahamson – a descendant of Sacajawea – tried to […]

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‘Stonewall’ Jackson statue is heading to California to become the centerpiece of a historically contextualizing art exhibit

While Charlottesville’s monument of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee is set to be melted down and transformed into new local art, Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson will be sent to California.  At its Monday meeting, Charlottesville City Council voted for LAXART, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit arts organization, to take the bronze relic. The organization plans to […]

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Interim City Manager Marc Woolley withdraws from the position; Council considers ‘contracting with a firm for interim services’

Charlottesville’s new interim city manager has withdrawn from the position shortly before he was set to begin with no explanation as to why.  The city is considering entering into a contract with a firm to provide interim city manager services ahead of a planned spring 2022 search for a permanent manager, Councilor Heather Hill said […]

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UPDATE: Charlottesville officials have not responded to Brackney’s demand for a $3 million settlement over her September termination

Charlottesville’s former Police Chief RaShall Brackney gave the city a Friday deadline to pay her $3 million in damages or she said she would sue for wrongful termination. That deadline has now passed and her lawyer said he’s received no response from city officials.  “[The city] has not reached out to my office in any […]