Mayor Linda Johnson of Suffolk, Virginia rejected the Tom Smith Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans request to designate April as Confederate History Month. Her reasoning is as follows:
"It is my goal to work towards unity of all Suffolkians … of all heritages,
faiths and ethnicities," her statement read. "All soldiers of all wars that have
fought or died for their cause are to be honored and remembered. We do this on
Veterans Day, Memorial Day and, hopefully, throughout our daily lives."
Meanwhile the North Carolina State Senate passed a resolution expressing "profound regret" for the actions of the state in promoting and sanctioning slavery. The House will take this issue up next week and is expected to approve it.