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Virginia lawmakers vote for segregationist's statue to be removed from Capitol grounds

The Hill logo The Hill 24/02/2021 04:03:44 Lexi Lonas
a clock tower in front of a house with Virginia State Capitol in the background: Virginia lawmakers vote for segregationist's statue to be removed from Capitol grounds © Getty ImagesVirginia lawmakers vote for segregationist's statue to be removed from Capitol grounds

Virginia lawmakers voted on Tuesday to remove a segregationist's statue from state Capitol grounds.

The vote had bipartisan support in the Senate with the removal being approved in a 36-3 vote, NBC4 Washington reported.

The bill has already passed the House and is on Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam's (D) desk who has already said he supported the bill.

The statue was of segregationist Harry F. Byrd Sr., a Democrat who strongly opposed public school integration while he was governor and senator of the state.

Democrat Del. Jay Jones, chief sponsor of the bill and running for attorney general, said after the vote: "Racism and its symbols, obvious and subtle, have no place in this new Virginia decade."

The removal of statues has been a charged topic across the country, with many Americans calling for statues honoring those who supported segregation and slavery to be removed, while others arguing they are a part of our history.

Republican Sen. Jill Vogel fought for the statue to stay up and said that Byrd did good work for the state including his work on the road system.

"I would just ask the members of this body to look at the whole man and consider that we are each a sum of all of our parts, the good and the bad. And that Virginia has the history of good and bad," Vogel said.

The completion of the bill will mean the statue will get moved and stored by the state Department of General Services until the General Assembly decides what to do with it.

24. helmikuuta 2021 6:03:44 Categories: The Hill

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