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Portsmouth City Council unanimously votes in favor of relocating Confederate monument

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Posted at 7:52 PM, Jul 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-28 19:52:48-04

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - The Portsmouth City Council unanimously voted Tuesday in favor to relocate the city's Confederate monument that sits at the intersection of Court Street and High Street.

City Council officials say they are looking to place the monument in a storage area, but did not confirm the location.

Officials also say there is a team analyzing the monument on what exactly needs to be repaired.

On June 10, the Confederate monument controversy escalated after the Portsmouth NAACP President and Vice President were arrested during a peaceful protest to cover the figures on the statue in tarps.

Later that night, a Portsmouth man was seriously injured after protesters tore off parts of the monument. His family told News 3 he was trying to get people out of harm's way when the statue came crashing down on him.

On June 23, Portsmouth City Council voted in favor of adopting an ordinance to transfer $250,000 from the non-departmental general fund budget to the department of engineering budget, to remove one of the city’s Confederate monuments.

Governor Northam signed a bill that starting July 1, local governments have the ability to remove, relocate, or contextualize the monuments in their communities.