Many of you contacted us to express concern about the risk of vandalism and damage to our monuments in light of the protesters who gathered in RVA over the weekend and announced plans to hold a rally at the RE Lee monument. We have known about the planned protests for weeks, and communicated directly with the Richmond Police and the State Capitol Police regarding their plans and ours.
One of the most disturbing aspects of the planned protests was a professed communist group that specifically targeted the monuments. We monitored their activity in the weeks leading up to August 13, and their attempt to tack on the "March to Destroy White Supremacy" to the larger protest was a dismal failure. There were only a small handful visible among the hundreds of "minimum wage" protestors, and they garnered no attention from protest organizers or the media.