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Judge: City can keep Emancipation Park name
The Daily Progress Friday, September 01, 2017 at 10 p.m.

A Charlottesville judge is still mulling over one of the essential elements of a March lawsuit objecting to the removal of two Confederate statues, but he noted that the city had full authority to rename at least one of the parks named for Confederate generals.

The pews of Charlottesville Circuit Court were full on Friday afternoon as attorneys for the city defended a motion objecting to the principle claims in a lawsuit filed by a pro-Confederate monuments group. The suit aims to block the removal of the statues of Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson from two parks in the heart of the city, reversing a February vote by the City Council that also called for the parks to be renamed.



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