RVA group launches 'Monument Watch' after recent confederate statue vandalism

Published: Jul. 1, 2015 at 12:52 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 11, 2015 at 3:56 AM EDT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Would you volunteer to patrol Monument Avenue? A local group is organizing "Monument Watch" after the recent vandalism of confederate statues.

"We've had enough," said Grayson Jennings with Virginia Flaggers. "We are not racists. We are not bigots."

Jennings is outraged police are still searching for the vandals who spray painted Black Lives Matter across the Jefferson Davis statue.

"They are trying to destroy a piece of our history," said Jennings.

Jennings says his group is organizing a "monument watch" in response to the recent vandalism.

"That's why I'm dragging a little today," said Jennings. "I stayed out too late last night."

The group is not stopping there.

"Every time they try to take away a piece of our history," said Jennings. "We are putting something back."

Jennings says the Virginia Flaggers plan to preserve their heritage by placing more Confederate flags along highly traveled intersections. A flag went up over the weekend on Route 460 in Dinwiddie.

"What happened to diversity and inclusiveness?" questions Jennings. "It just doesn't include southern White people for some reason."

Jennings says it's pretty low that WalMart, Amazon, and E-bay will no longer sell Confederate flags. He recently purchased $300 worth of flags.

"Yes," said Jennings with a smile. "Just don't tell my wife."

Jennings says the recent drama surrounding Confederate symbols has only inspired him and others like him to proudly display their southern heritage.

The group is offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to an arrest in the recent vandalism.

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