The Charlottesville City Council in Virginia voted unanimously Tuesday night to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson from a public park.
The vote would also expedite the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee at Emancipation Park, which was at the center of protests last month that turned deadly when a reported Nazi sympathizer plowed into a crowd of counterprotesters.
The city recently covered both the Jackson and Lee statues with a black tarp as a symbol of mourning for Heather Heyer, the woman killed during the Aug. 12 clashes.
The tarps have since been removed from the statues, a local CBS affiliate reported.
Tuesday’s vote comes amid a heated national debate, renewed by the Charlottesville protests, concerning Confederate-era monuments and art.
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