University of Virginia to remove Confederate plaques, ban open flames

The University of Virginia is removing Confederate plaques from its Rotunda, strengthening its ban on open flames and giving funds from an old KKK pledge to the Charlottesville violence victims as it grapples with the Aug. 11 white nationalist rally on its campus.

The school’s student council signed on to a list of demands from a diverse group of students — including the recruitment of more African-American students and faculty, mandatory courses about white supremacy and the addition of plaques to add context to existing Civil War statues — following the protests in Charlottesville that resulted in the killing of Heather Heyer, a counter-protester.

The college’s board of visitors voted Friday to take the bronze tablets, which have been in the Rotunda since 1903, and put them in a different location “where they may be preserved as artifacts of the era in which they were erected, and utilized to provide context to the history of the University.”

Open flames were a primary feature of the visuals coming out of Charlottesville on Aug. 11. That evening, a large group of white nationalists marched to protest the removal of a statue honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.


Some in the group of protesters were chanting “Jews will not replace…

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