VA officials encourage communities to relocate Confederate monuments

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (WWBT) - Virginia officials encouraging local communities to take down Confederate monuments and to relocate them to museums or more appropriate settings.

This comes after the events in Charlottesville where one woman died and dozens of others were injured at a rally on Saturday.

Charlottesville officials made the decision to remove the Robert E. Lee statue from Emancipation Park.

Here is Governor Terry McAuliffe's statement:

The discussion regarding whether to relocate Confederate statues is an important and legitimate conversation that should take place in each community that contains one. Monuments should serve as unifiers, to inspire us collectively and to venerate our greatest citizens. Unfortunately, the recent events in Charlottesville demonstrate that monuments celebrating the leadership of the Confederacy have become flashpoints for hatred, division and violence.

Attorney General Mark Herring also released a statement:

I agree with Gov. McAuliffe and Lt. Gov. Northam that this is the time for each community to engage in an inclusive conversation on the future of its Confederate statues and monuments. In my opinion, these statues should be relocated to museums or removed. Gov. McAuliffe said it well: these symbols are a barrier to progress, inclusion, and equality in Virginia.

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