131-Year-Old Confederate Statue Removed From Alexandria IntersectionBreaking News
tags: memorials, Confederacy
The Confederate statue “Appomattox,” which depicts a southern-facing Civil War soldier and has stood in an Alexandria intersection for 131 years, was removed Tuesday morning, a month earlier than planned.
Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson (D) said the United Daughters of the Confederacy, which owns the statue, opted to remove the memorial a month ahead of schedule because of demonstrations nationwide in which segregation-era statues have been vandalized.
The monolith commemorates the mustering at the start of the Civil War of Alexandria citizens who marched south to join the Confederate forces. Black residents have long considered it an affront and a reminder that Alexandria sided with those who supported slavery. Defenders said it reminded the city of its Southern heritage.
The United Daughters of the Confederacy could not be immediately reached to comment.
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