Update: No surprise that Richard Williams is upset about the removal of the statue. He goes through his standard schtick by blaming the politically correct crowd, but then refers to me as part of the anti-Confederate crowd. No mention at all that it was the United Daughters of the Confederacy that approved the removal of the statue to the cemetery. Seems to me that in this case it’s the UDC that ought to be saddled with this label. Old Virginia is a strange place indeed.
Back in 2011 the Confederate solider monument in Reidsville, North Carolina was hit by a car. A debate ensued about whether it should be repaired and whether it should be relocated. The United Daughters of the Confederacy chose to move it to a local cemetery. City officials have recently decided on a piece of public art to replace the monument. It’s called “The Bud.” You can read about the concept in the article.
Included in the story is an interview with Rodney Williams that is worth listening to. He speaks passionately about his conviction that the monument’s rightful place is at the center of the town. Regardless of whether I agree with his preferred interpretation of the Confederacy and the men who fought for it, there is nothing malicious about what he has to say. I can sympathize with his need to honor the men listed on the monument and who are buried in the cemetery.
My hope is that Mr. Williams can find a way to do this within the confines of the cemetery and at the same time come to terms with the fact that a sufficient number of his fellow residents feel otherwise.