Virginia Military Institute Archives
The Virginia Military Institute eliminated a statue of Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson on Monday morning. A small group watched because the bronze determine was hoisted off its pedestal in entrance of the VMI barracks.
The historic determine is being relocated from the campus in Lexington, Va., to its future residence on the Virginia Museum of the Civil War and New Market Battlefield State Historical Park.
The statue was sculpted by Moses Ezekiel, a member of the category of 1866, and donated to VMI in 1912. And after standing for greater than a century, VMI’s board voted in favor of its elimination in October.
Confederate statues throughout the U.S. got here below assault over the summer time because the nation wrestled with points of racial injustice. VMI, the oldest state-supported navy college within the nation, was thrust into the highlight after a Washington Post article alleged Black cadets and alumni endured “relentless racism.”
The college was reluctant to take away the statue. Jackson was a professor at VMI earlier than becoming a member of the Confederacy in 1861. Many of the institute’s cadets served as drill instructors at Camp Lee when the Civil Battle began and others served and died within the title of the Confederacy.
The college’s former superintendent, retired Army Gen. J.H. Binford Peay III, resigned shortly after an investigation into the allegations was introduced. The interim superintendent, retired Military Maj. Gen. Cedric T. Wins, is the primary African American to imagine the place, The Associated Press reported final month.
“VMI doesn’t outline itself by this statue and that’s the reason this transfer is suitable. We’re outlined by our distinctive system of schooling and the standard and character of the graduates the Institute produces,” Wins, a 1985 VMI graduate, said in a news release. “Our graduates embody the values of honor, respect, civility, self-self-discipline, and professionalism. That is how we’ll proceed to be outlined.”
Dustin Jones is an intern with NPR’s Information Desk.