The city of Charlottesville, Virginia, will remove monuments to Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and “Stonewall” Jackson, nearly four years after white nationalists flocked to the city and used the Lee statue as a rallying point.
The city announced in a news release the statues would come down Saturday, with preparations starting Friday.
Charlottesville’s city council first approved the removal of the Lee statue on February 6, 2017, but the process has been held up by litigation.
The decision to remove the statue was one of the driving forces behind the “Unite the Right” rally, a gathering white nationalists and far-right political groups in Charlottesville in August 2017 that spiraled into violence that left one dead.
A month after the rally, the city council approved the removal of the Jackson statue.
The statues will be placed into storage after they are removed and will not be destroyed, according to the city.