Charlottesville City Council to Hear Options for Robert E. Lee Statue

Posted: Updated:
Robert E. Lee statue Robert E. Lee statue

Charlottesville City Council is proceeding with the removal of the controversial Robert E. Lee statue in Lee Park, the question is how. Monday the city manager is bringing the legal and logistically possible options to council.

Under Virginia law, council could auction it off but it would not be able to say how it is to be used. The second option, a request for proposal, gives a little more control.

"To say specific things that we'd like it to be used for, so whether we wanted it to be used by a museum or some sort of historical society or some sort of educational forum,” said Kristin Szakos, a Charlottesville city councilor.

Donation is another option but Szakos says it would cost the city money. “For us to donate it to a historical place or a museum, that would cost us the money of moving it."

Szakos says she is leaning toward the request for proposal option.

Council will hear the report Monday night at 7:00 in Charlottesville City Hall.

  • Viewer Poll

  • Some Charlottesville councilors are considering removing the General Lee statue and / or renaming Lee Park. What do you think should be done?

  • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

    Remove the statue of General Robert E. Lee, keep park name
    372 votes
    Rename Lee Park, keep the statue
    1398 votes
    Remove the statue and rename the park
    3541 votes
    Don't change anything
    21691 votes
    None of the above
    873 votes
  • RELATED ARTICLES: In Depth: Central Virginia Debates over Civil War Era Displays and Monuments