JEB Stuart Monument in Richmond Vandalized In Wake of Confederate Witch Hunt
Just before 7:00 a.m.
this morning, an early morning monument patrol discovered that the
J.E.B Stuart monument on Monument Avenue in Richmond had been
vandalized. Our last report from Monument Guards the night before meant
that the crime occurred sometime in the hours just before dawn Our
folks contacted Richmond Police who immediately arrived on the scene and
let us know that cleaning crews were on the way. What we thought might
be engine oil of some sort, turned out to be pine tar, which made the
removal a bit more challenging.
Crews have been working all day, and we have had Monument Guards on the scene. As of 3:00 this afternoon, much progress has been made, with several crews on the scene and removal almost complete.
The Va Flaggers would like to express our thanks to the Richmond Police
Department and the City of Richmond for their prompt attention to the
desecration of the memorial. We commend Mayor Stoney for his statement
that Richmond would not tolerate violence and destruction, and hope that
the perpetrators of this crime are quickly apprehended and prosecuted
to the fullest extent of the law. We trust that our city officials will
not allow our community to dissolve into that which is represented in
Charlottesville today, where mob rule has set in, and intimidation with
violence and vandalism are rewarded with capitulation and pandering.
Over 70% of our citizens believe monuments and memorials should be left
in place, and no amount of vandalism or violence by the monument
destroyers should drown out the voice of the rational majority and allow
this magnificent historical landmark to be destroyed.
In light of this incident, we will be stepping up our monument patrols in the days and nights to come. .