PASSIONATE PLEAS FROM OPPONENTS, SUPPORTERS OF STATUE
How the Nottoway Board of Supervisors plans to handle a growing debate over the future of a Confederate memorial, which has stood in front of the County’s Courthouse since 1893, remains uncertain this week.
But one thing that does appear likely: the controversy -- fueled by the May death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the Black Lives Matter movement, and removal of Confederate statues in many cities including Richmond -- is just getting started.
Supervisors last Thursday heard from 11 speakers -- six asking the Board to remove the memorial from the courthouse lawn and five asking that it remain due to its historical significance. The memorial is inscribed with the names of Nottoway men who fought for the Confederacy, many with descendants living here today.
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