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Richmond City Council votes to keep Confederate monuments down

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Posted at 10:41 PM, Aug 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-03 23:34:21-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Richmond City Council voted on Monday evening to keep all the Confederate monuments down for good.

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney ordered the removal of all city-owned Confederate statues amid the national protests against police brutality and symbols many see as racist icons.

Starting on July 1, crews removed the statues dedicated to Stonewall Jackson, Matthew Fontaine Maury, J.E.B. Stuart on Monument Avenue and Confederate Soldiers’ and Sailors’ in Libby Hill Park. Crews also took away cannons and plaques on the Jefferson Davis Monument.

Shortly after their removal, an injunction was issued prohibiting any further action from taking place.

The injunction was requested by an anonymous plaintiff who sued Mayor Levar Stoney arguing that Stoney's use of "emergency powers" to remove the statues was a violation of new state law giving municipalities the authority to remove statues on public land.

The only city-owned monument left is a statue of General A.P. Hill statue.