Lt. Gov. Ralph S. Northam, the Democratic nominee for governor, said in a statement on Wednesday that Confederate statues “should be taken down and moved into museums.”
Republican nominee Ed Gillespie said in response that he agrees that decisions about Confederate monuments should be made at the local level, but that the monuments should remain and “be placed in historical context.”
Gillespie credited the “balance” that Richmond was taking in what until later Wednesday was its approach. On Wednesday afternoon, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney said his commission will now consider removal or relocation of some or all of the Confederate statues.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe then changed his position on letting the monuments stand and fell in line with Northam, urging localities to “take down these monuments and relocate them to museums or more appropriate settings.”
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