Richmond City Council struck down a proposal by Councilman Michael Jones Monday night that would have sought to give the city the power to determine whether or not to remove Confederate statues on Monument Avenue.
The measure, the second of its kind introduced in the past year, was voted down 6-3 during Council’s regular meeting at City Hall.
Currently, state law prohibits local government bodies from removing war memorials. Had the request been approved, it would have been added to the General Assembly’s consideration list for the coming session and would have likely faced a long road if it were to be introduced at the state level.
Jones supported the measure along with Ellen Robertson and Cynthia Newbille. Andreas Addison, Chris Hilbert, Kristen Larson, Parker Agelasto, and Reva Trammell opposed.
The proposed legislation came after the conclusion of the Monument Avenue Commission, set up by Mayor Levar Stoney to solicit feedback from a variety of local stakeholders on what should be done with the statues. The commission recommended adding context to all monuments but Jefferson Davis, which it recommended for removal.