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Op-ed proposes the removal of “forgotten” A.P. Hill monument at Laburnum and Hermitage

“With so many battles raging, it is curious that one Confederate general and the monument dedicated to him remain relatively forgotten on the sideline, standing at an intersection not far from Monument Avenue and its pantheon of controversial figures,” the op-ed says.

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Linwood Holton Elementary School, at Hermitage Road and Laburnum Avenue, is named for one of our own 20th century civil rights heroes, who as governor of Virginia championed racial equality. The children who attend the school learn that they are a big part of Linwood Holton’s legacy.

Those same children who attend the school might very well wonder, though, “Who is that man whose statue is standing out there in the middle of the intersection?”

That would be A.P. Hill: the forgotten Confederate general and his monument.

Battles are being fought over Confederate monuments, here in Richmond on Monument Avenue of course, and at so many other sites around the country. Calls for memory and heritage clash with cries for truth and reconciliation. Words take on their own meaning and people take sides, with the monuments in the middle.

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Trevor Dickerson is the co-founder and editor of RVAhub.com, lover of all things Richmond, and a master of karate and friendship for everyone.

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Photos: Vindicatrix Takes Flight

Vindicatrix sat atop the column at the Jefferson Davis Monument. On Wednesday afternoon she came and other symbols of the Confederacy came down.

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Vindicatrix sat atop the column at the Jefferson Davis Monument. On Wednesday afternoon she came and other symbols of the Confederacy came down. The history of the statue was the subject of a recent Richmond Magazine article.

 

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Photos: Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument Marches Off Church Hill

Church Hill was the latest area to have a Confederate Monument removed.

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Step 1: Forcibly removal of a hornet nest.

This angry dog-walker was not happy with the proceedings and attempted to take down the barriers. He left after removing a couple and a brief argument from some of the crowd.

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Richmond Then and Now: 114 E. Broad Street

A then and now snapshot of Richmond.

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Original Image from Souvenir views: Negro enterprises & residences, Richmond, Va.
Created / Published[Richmond, D. A. Ferguson, 1907]

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