The former capital of the Confederacy removed a second Confederate monument Thursday morning, taking just over an hour to dismantle and lower the statue of Navy officer and oceanographer Matthew Fontaine Maury.
“This is the day. The time has come,” said Joseph Ball, 69, a retired history teacher taking in the scene with his 2-year-old grandson, Thomas, and dozens of others along Richmond’s iconic Monument Avenue.
As the statue of Confederate naval officer Matthew Fontaine Maury came down Thursday in Richmond, Virginia, one of his descendants heartily supported the removal.
“I was glad they took the statue down,” Matthew Dean Maury, of Bethesda, Maryland, told WTOP.
Dean Maury, 68, said Fontaine Maury is his great uncle, seven generations back.
In Denton, Texas, 1,300 miles away from where a crowd was gathered to watch the removal of the Stonewall Jackson statue, Jackson’s great-great-grandson’s phone was buzzing with text messages from friends watching workers saw off the base of the statue.
“I’m very much cheering on from afar,” said William Jackson “Jack” Christian, a lecturer in the English department at the University of North Texas who was home with his 3-week-old daughter on Wednesday when he heard the news.
Removing a total of 11 Confederate statues is slated to cost the city $1.8 million, according to Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney.
But spending so much money on what some view as a symbolic gesture — money that could be put towards education, public housing or healthcare — could be viewed as a controversial use of city resources. That’s why Shannon Harton, a local Realtor, decided to start The Fund to Move the Monuments, an initiative to raise money to reimburse the city for the cost of the monuments’ removal.
Just a little over a month ago, the area around Richmond’s iconic statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was as quiet and sedate as the statue itself.
But since the May 25 police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the area has been transformed into a bustling hub of activity for demonstrators protesting against police brutality and racism.
Another Richmond Circuit Court judge has been removed from one of the two lawsuits seeking to stop the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue on Monument Avenue – and this time it’s the judge who lives in the neighborhood.
Judge Bradley Cavedo on Wednesday recused himself from a deed dispute filed last month by William C. Gregory, who claims to be a descendant of the family that sold the land on which the Lee Monument sits to the state in the late 1800s.
As Richmond removed several Confederate monuments this week, Charlottesville officials say they are prevented from doing the same until the Supreme Court of Virginia determines whether it will hear an appeal of a 2017 lawsuit.
The bay’s blue crabs aren’t being over-harvested and the population isn’t depleted, which means there’s no need for significant changes in how many watermen catch, the Chesapeake Bay Program’s annual Blue Crab Advisory Report said.
Although crab numbers declined from 594 million last year to 405 million this year, that’s in line with natural variation, according to the report, which was released Wednesday.
Nearly half of all gamefish in freshwater lakes, streams and rivers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed may be unsafe to eat because of high levels of mercury, a new study suggests.
In the first study to examine mercury across a spectrum of fish in the six-state region, scientists found that the pollutant remains prevalent in the environment in its most toxic form despite years of declining mercury emissions.