It was christened “At Ready,” and the statue’s installation during Jim Crow sent a signal to many that resounded for decades — in a city that renewed its association with deadly racial violence in 2017.
Saturday, the statue is coming down.
“Clear to every Black defendant who must pass them on the way into court: this space is reserved for the Confederate cause,” she said. “You will find no justice here.”
The city and others began grappling with monuments to racism and slavery. A Virginia judge ruled last year that the statues of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson in Charlottesville are war monuments that the city cannot remove without permission from the state.
Across the country, though, some statues were brought down, and some buildings renamed.
Saturday in Charlottesville, Albemarle County is aiming for an educational experience for viewers everywhere.
“Livestream viewers will have a direct sightline of the removal work, with live commentary sharing the history of Court Square, the memorials, and their installation,” the county said in a release. “During more routine work periods, recorded interviews and lectures by local historians, design professionals, elected officials, and community members will be aired in split-screen with the live-feed. … The event will also be recorded for future viewing.
“We hope you will join us — online — to view this important moment for our community.”