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 (http://bit.ly/2d94Pol ) 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.
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Both statues were erected in the 1920s.
Information from: The Daily Progress, http://www.dailyprogress.com