Virginia Beach takes down Confederate monument

Posted at 6:30 PM, Jul 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-26 18:30:19-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The city of Virginia Beach removed a 115-year-old Confederate monument from public grounds less than two days after the City Council voted unanimously to do so.

Members of the Virginia Beach City Council voted Thursday unanimously to remove and store the Confederate monument located near the old courthouse at the Municipal Center campus.

The City of Virginia Beach has yet to provide an official statement on the removal.

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The council had listened to dozens of speakers. The statue recently had been completely covered, with a locked gate around it following recent protests and vandalism at other Confederate monuments.

The monument will be stored for now while any potential offers to take the monument come in.