FILE - This Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017 image shows a view of the statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Va. A commission studying what to do with the most prominent Confederate monuments in Richmond, Virginia, recommends removing one honoring Confederate President Jefferson Davis. That recommendation was part of a larger report published Monday, July 2, 2018. The panel of historians, local officials and others has spent around a year studying and soliciting public input about the statues on the city’s historic Monument Avenue. (Chad Williams/DroneBase via AP,File)

Panel: Remove Confederate president's statue in Richmond

July 02, 2018 - 11:12 pm

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In Richmond, a one-time capital of the Confederacy, a commission has recommended removing a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis but leaving in place four others, including a soaring tribute to Gen. Robert E. Lee.

As the city wrestles with its Civil War heritage, a panel of historians, academics, local officials and others spent nearly a year studying the issue and taking input from a sometimes-angry public. They unveiled the proposals Monday in a more than 100-page report.

The recommended changes would re-shape one of the nation's largest displays of Confederate symbolism along Richmond's famed Monument Avenue. In addition to removing the Davis statue, the commission advised adding historical context to the statues and erecting new monuments that would reflect a "more inclusive" story of the city's history.

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