FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 21, 2020
Contact: Adele McClure, Executive Director
Phone: (804) 876-0221
The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus Statement on the Removal of Robert E. Lee from the U.S. Capitol
Richmond, VA—The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus (VLBC) is proud to have worked alongside so many to remove the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, which represented Virginia for more than a century, in the United States Capitol. The VLBC looks forward to finally replacing Lee with Civil Rights hero and icon Barbara Rose Johns, who symbolizes tenacity, courage, justice, positive change, and the future.
“Virginia will no longer honor the Confederacy in the halls of the United States Capitol,” said Delegate Jeion Ward (D-92nd, Hampton), who sponsored legislation creating the Commission for Historical Statues in the United States Capitol. “When I think of Barbara Johns, I am reminded of how brave she was at such a young age. It’s time for us to start singing the songs of some of the Virginians who have done great things that have gone unnoticed. This is a proud moment for our Commonwealth, and I am humbled to have been a part of it.”
As previously stated by the VLBC, generations of Virginians, Americans, and visitors from around the world have been greeted by imposing symbols of hate, treason, and white supremacy for far too long. If we are going to continue building a more inclusive and just Commonwealth and country, we must acknowledge and denounce the darkest parts of our nation’s history, not celebrate them.
“Confederate images do not represent who we are in Virginia, that’s why we voted unanimously to remove this statue,” said Senator Louise Lucas (D-18th, Portsmouth). “I am thrilled that this day has finally arrived, and I thank Governor Northam and the Commission for their transformative work.”
As we continue to tear down symbols of hate, let us continue to build up institutions and systems of justice and equity.
The VLBC is committed to improving the economic, educational, political, and social conditions of African Americans and underrepresented groups in Virginia. A vital part of VLBC’s mission is to raise the consciousness of other groups to the contributions made by African Americans to the Commonwealth and the Nation.
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