Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia may soon need to be renamed.
Virginia has always been the state with the most Confederate statues, but in recent weeks, especially in cities that were once the capital of the Confederacy, these statues have collapsed. Last week, construction workers withdrew Stonewall Jackson and Matthew Fontaine Maury from Richmond’s Monument Avenue. More statues are expected to fall on Monday.
But a very famous monument standing on Richmond still stands.
Governor Ralph Northam (Ralph Northam) promised to remove a state-owned memorial building. The six-storey Confederate Secretary Robert E. Lee statue was imprisoned in court, thanks to the signing of the state when it was signed The ban on the deed is on the statue. Essentially, when the statue arrived in Richmond in the late 1
Richard Schragger, a professor of law, said: “The problem in the Richmond Lee case is what we call private law. This is because there is a property claim here, which was the state’s responsibility to private property owners more than 100 years ago. Commitment.” At the University of Virginia.
“When the state government accepts the property and accepts the statue, it guarantees the local landowner that the statue will be preserved in perpetuity…. It’s like your neighbor promised you, like you live in a house In the main association, they will never use their property to build gas stations on it.”
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Schlager said the Richmond case was particularly complicated because the court was measuring the “executability” of the agreement. He said that in the current political atmosphere, the monuments of the Allied Powers were demolished, and it was very tricky to say that the state’s commitment to landowners should always exist.
The ban was initially for 10 days, but it was extended indefinitely. It is not clear when the court will move forward, but like Richmond City Council member Michael Jones, advocates who advocate the removal of statues remain optimistic.
“I don’t think the ban will last long….I have been dealing with Li and all other statues for three years. I don’t think they will have a legal position to continue.” Jones said of the plaintiff. “This is only their last attempt. They will continue to try, but will decline. It will decline.”
After Jones took part in the unity right wing rally in Charlottesville in 2017, he began the dismantling of the Richmond Memorial Monument. Demonstrators Heather Heyer were killed by white supremacists, many of whom gathered in Lee Park after the city council voted. Remove Lee’s statue. The monument was covered and blocked for several months, but it has remained intact.
Now, even though Virginia’s laws have been modified to allow local demolition or relocation of Confederate monuments, the Charlottesville City Council and Lee’s statue are still caught in a legal battle stemming from the original parliamentary vote.
The plaintiffs argued that the removal of the Lee statue in Charlottesville was a violation of state law, which was prohibited by local law. Last year, a judge issued a permanent ban, but on Wednesday, the law changed. This puts Parliament in a difficult position.
Deputy Mayor Heather Hill said: “Unless the court permits, we will be powerless.”
“Even if the state law changes, the ban must first be lifted by the judge. We are proceeding [with] Appeal procedures and cancellation of injunctions, but before we can do nothing, we must deal with this issue according to law. Hill said.
Like the Richmond case, the timetable for lifting the ban in the Charlottesville case is unclear. Schlager said that due to legal complexity, the circuit court in the Charlottesville case may be delayed for a long time. For cities, waiting for the intervention of the State Supreme Court is a “clean” strategy.
At the same time, Charlottesville is preparing for the third anniversary of the deadly rally. The street where Heyer was killed is still decorated with flowers and chalk. Just a few steps away from the block, the statue of Robert E. Lee still stands.