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Confederate Monuments

155 petitions

Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Rob Akers, John Magruder, Ronnie Gill, Bud Smith

Remove the Confederate Monument Located in Tappahannock, Virginia

Tappahannock, Virginia isn’t just known as the birthplace of Chris Brown, it’s also home to one of America’s 780 confederate monuments. Today, we are calling on the Essex County Board of Supervisors to remove the statue on Prince Street. On June 10, 2020 over 300 men, women and children came out to march for justice and racial equity in Tappahannock. Activists and organizers- including young white Americans- recognized the need to change the culture in their community, state and nation. Demonstrators marched for two-miles and descended upon a  27-foot tall granite statue lying in a median on Prince Street. The confederate monument was erected by the Essex United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1909. The monument was erected “in memory of the soldiers and sailers of (Essex) county who were killed or died in service of the confederacy.” On bronze plaques there are listed 770 names of confederate officers and soldiers who “fought for the principles of state sovereignty and in defense of their homes.” Those men fought and died to defend their right to own and inherit my ancestors. Instead of a statue honoring slave owners, the town should honor folk like my Great-Great-Great Grandfather Lewis Corbin. Lewis Corbin was enslaved on the Ware plantation in Dunnsville, Virginia. My Great-Great-Great Grandfather escaped from his plantation and walked over 70 miles to Hampton, Virginia. In Hampton he joined the Union Navy and fought to liberate Black people from slavery. He was stationed on the USS Ella, a steamboat used as a picket and patrol vessel, as well as a dispatch boat, on the Potomac River. After reigning victorious over the confederate army and completing his service for the Union Navy, he moved back to Dunnsville, Virginia and helped form Angel Visit Baptist Church. My Great-Great-Great Grandfather was a gallant patriot who fought to MAKE AMERICA GREAT. He fought on the right side of history and men and women like him deserve to be honored. Confederate statues were erected en masse throughout the southern U.S. in the late 19th Century as a reminder to Black Americans that white supremacy still has its knee on our necks. The statues romanticize a period of time when Black men, women and children were being worked to death, raped, and treated as if their life had no value. The confederate monument in Tappahannock is a visible symbol of white supremacy and reinforces the idea that Black Lives don’t Matter. The confederate monument on Prince street was symbolically placed between the county’s court house and sheriffs department to affirm the centrality of white supremacy in our law enforcement and government agencies. Tearing down the statue on Prince Street symbolizes the dismantling of institutional racism. Removing the statue removes the symbolism of racial terror and validates that Black Lives do Matter. On June 4, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced that Richmond’s largest Confederate statue will be removed—today I am calling for the removal of the confederate monument in Tappahannock, Virginia. It is time  to tear down statues that honor men who took up arms against their country to defend their right to own Black men, women and children. If you are with me, please sign and share the petition to get the statue removed and replaced with a monument that honors REAL heroes like my Great-Great-Great Grandfather Lewis Corbin. Join us on July 11, 2020 at 1 PM on front of the confederate statue in Tappahannock, Virginia. We will be celebrating Marcus-David Peter’s Community Day and we will be calling for the implementation of the Marcus Alert and the removal of the confederate statue. At 3 PM we will be marching to St. Margaret’s School on Water Lane for musical performances and a documentary screening of the historic Tappahannock march for justice. 

Ronnie Sidney II
4,150 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Ken Tracy, Mary Makley Wolff, Karl Schultz, Eric Ferry, Jeff Wright

Remove Confederate street names in Miami Township, OH

Miami Township is located in the suburban outskirts of Cincinnati, OH in Clermont County. Within this municipality are three streets very close to one another called Stonewall Jackson Drive, Jeb Stuart Drive, and Beauregard Court, named after Confederate generals Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson, James Ewell Brown "Jeb" Stuart, and Pierre Gustave Toutant-Beauregard. Ohio was never a Confederate state. In fact, the region generally took a firm anti-Confederate stance during the Civil War, as during the war the people of Cincinnati and surrounding areas had formed large militias to defend the city from Southern invasion. These publicly owned and maintained references to the Confederacy are actually one of the only in the entire state of Ohio. In fact, the only others are also in the form of street names which are located in Fairfield, OH in Butler County. This website provides locations of Confederate monuments and references nationwide, for reference. Fairfield Petition: change.org/fairfieldstreets Being that there is no regional relevance to these names and by the fact that these men led armies for a traitorous nation which stood for the rights of people to own other people as slaves, we are petitioning that these street names be removed and renamed to something that does not reference such a dark time in our nation's history.

Ethan Maxwell
28 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Halifax County Virginia Board of Supervisors, Bryant Claiborne, Calvin "Ricky" Short, Stanley Brandon, Jeffrey Francisco, Hubert Pannell, Garland Ricketts, Ronnie Duffey, Dean Throckmorton

Removal of the Confederate Soldier Statue at the Halifax County Virginia Courthouse

This petition is seeking the removal of the statue of a Confederate soldier on the Courthouse Square in Halifax County, Virginia. The Confederate statue is a painful reminder to many of our citizens of a dark period in Virginia’s history. Those signing this petition support removal of the statue and its placement in a more appropriate location where the statue and the history it represents can be explained and placed in context, such as a history museum.  A brief history: The original statue on the courthouse was to be erected in 1910. However, when unpacked it was recognized to be a union soldier that caused county citizens to protest resulting in the statue never being erected. A second statue was erected in 1911, a smaller figure on a 20-foot shaft. That second statue was blown down in a windstorm in 1916. In 1937, a third and final statue was purchased by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, chosen from several designs by the Halifax County Board of Supervisors. By signing this petition to remove the confederate statue, we will be sending a powerful message to prospective businesses and other potential newcomers considering a move here that Halifax County is a strong, cohesive, and peaceful community interested in and addressing the rights and concerns of all its citizens.  

One Community - Halifax County Virginia
1,288 supporters