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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Officials deciding whether Charlottesville should remove two prominent Confederate monuments have learned that the proposed moves would cost a combined $700,000.

The Daily Progress ( ) reports that a report released Thursday by city staff estimates that removing the statues of Gens. Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson would cost $330,000 and $370,000, respectively.

If the council chooses to move the statue, the report says the city could either ask the General Assembly for permission or bypass lawmakers and potentially face a lawsuit.

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer announced in March that he would create a task force to review the issue, saying the city must continue to “heal the wounds” created by slavery, racism and the Jim Crow era.

Both statues were erected in the 1920s.


Information from: The Daily Progress,