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Group cleans graffiti off Confederate monuments in Richmond

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Posted at 7:07 PM, Sep 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-29 19:07:17-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- A small group gathered to clean up graffiti at the site of the former Jefferson Davis monument on Richmond's Monument Avenue Monday afternoon.

The Virginia 2A for Preservation Lovers said they have been cleaning monuments, buildings, and sidewalks since June of this year.

They said their goal is to remove graffiti with profanity, racial slurs, and hate speech against police.

The Confederate monuments that once dotted Monument Avenue and other parts of Richmond were focal points of protesters, demonstrators, and vandals during weeks of social unrest following the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer.

Most of the Confederate monuments in Richmond have been removed from their pedestals.

The large Robert E. Lee monument remains intact, though covered in graffiti, as its fate is decided in court.

The Virginia 2A for Preservation Lovers passed out fliers asking for donations to pay for the cleaning agents they use to remove paint. They said the agent costs $255 for a five-gallon bucket.

The flier said the group is dedicated to promoting strength and unity in the state and committed to removing all messages of hate.

For information on how you can help - you can visit their Facebook page.