Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Norfolk lays out plan for removing Confederate monument

An 80-foot tall Confederate monument in Norfolk could be removed as early as Aug. 7.

City officials laid out details of a plan on Tuesday to take down the monument. The monument’s removal will be allowed once a new state law takes effect in July.

Norfolk’s plan is taking shape as Virginia’s governor says he plans to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from state-owned property in Richmond. Richmond’s mayor is also planning to remove Confederate monuments along Monument Avenue that are on city owned land.

The new state law that allows monuments to be removed requires a public hearing first. The one in Norfolk is planned for a July 7 city council meeting.

A 30-day waiting period follows, during which the city has to hear offers from museums, battlefields and other groups that may want to take the monument.

Norfolk’s monument was built between 1899 and 1907 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. It is now owned by the city.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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