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Portsmouth city council votes to remove Confederate monument

Posted at 10:54 AM, Jul 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-29 10:59:19-04

PORTSMOUTH, Va. -- Council members in a Virginia city unanimously voted to remove a Confederate monument that was damaged during the recent protests against racism and police brutality.

The resolution was passed by the Portsmouth City Council Tuesday.

The ordinance transfers $250,000 from the non-departmental general fund budget to the department of engineering budget, WTKR reports. It will be used to remove the Confederate monument that sits at the intersection of Court Street and High Street.

It gives the city’s manager authority to move the obelisk and its four statues from the city’s Olde Towne neighborhood.

The city's manager says it will be moved to a storage area. The city will wait another 30 days to consider offers to take the memorial from museums, battlefields or other organizations.

Protesters painted and tore down parts of the monument in June.