My former home of Charlottesville, Virginia is in the middle of a community discussion about the future of its Confederate monuments. The city recently established a special “Blue Ribbon” commission to research the subject, hold community hearings, and offer final recommendations. From what I can tell it has been a healthy discussion and likely will serve as a model for how other communities might proceed.
The Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia has devoted some attention to this issue through the Coy Barefoot Program over the past few months. Here are the relevant programs in the order in which they appeared.
Phyllis Leffler, a retired Professor of History at the University of Virginia and the past Executive Director of the Institute for Public History at UVA (April 3, 2016)
University of Virginia Civil War Historian, Gary Gallagher (April 10, 2016)
University of Virginia Archivist, Ervin Jordan (May 1, 2016)
Wes Bellamy, Vice Mayor of the City of Charlottesville (August 21, 2016)