The state of Virginia has been asked by a Confederate heritage organization to allow them to gather at Richmond’s Robert E. Lee monument on Sept. 16. The rally would be just a month after Saturday’s recent clash in Charlottesville.
According to Dena Potter, the request was generated by the Americans for Richmond Monument Preservation and was seeking a permit to hold a rally at the Lee Monument. The Department of General Services received the request, and according to Potter, it is under review but hasn’t been approved.
The request was submitted by Bragdon Bowling, a former commander of the Virginia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans. Regardless of who sent the request, the timing is just terrible and may not play in favor of those making a stand.
Both Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office and Mayor Levar Stoney had nothing to say about the request and oddly referred questions to the Capitol Police. Stoney’s spokesman, Jim Nolan, did say that Capitol police, along with city police, will meet to discuss if they could meet.
Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham stated that the outcome of the permit would be announced this week. However, according to an online post by The Virginia Flaggers, the group Save Southern Heritage already has the permit for Sept. 16. Since this doesn’t align with any police or official statements, we suspect it to be false.
The Virginia Flaggers also said they would support the Save Southern Heritage according to Richmond.com:
“The Virginia Flaggers says in the post that it plans to support the efforts of Save Southern Heritage and that a large showing is needed to make a statement to Stoney and the Monument Avenue Commission, a 10-member group studying ways to add context to Richmond’s public memorials to the Confederacy on Monument Avenue.”
The Monument Avenue Commission hosted their first hearing on Wednesday and garnered over 500 people at the Historical Society. According to Richmond.com, Stoney wants to “add context to monuments to Confederate generals and Confederate President Jefferson Davis that stand on Monument Avenue.”