The three Democratic candidates for two party nominations for Charlottesville’s City Council addressed the future of the city’s Robert E. Lee statue Wednesday at a campaign forum.
Earlier this month, Charlottesville Circuit Judge Robert E. Moore granted an injunction preventing the city from removing the statue for at least six months pending the outcome of a lawsuit.
“I think recontextualization of the park should happen no matter what happens with the lawsuit,” said Amy Laufer, a current member of the city School Board. She said the city should work with the University of Virginia to tell the story of how slavery affected the lives of generations.
“Equality is the cornerstone of our democracy,” said Heather Hill. “What we need to do most is engage the communities that are affected most by the statue.”
Incumbent Bob Fenwick, who voted to sell the statue, critiqued the city’s argument against the lawsuit.