FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 2, 2021
Da’Quan Love, Executive Director
Virginia NAACP Legal Advocacy Leads to Favorable Supreme Court of Virginia Decision In Confederate Monument Case
Following the Virginia NAACP Amicus Brief filing, the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled that the Robert E. Lee Monument can finally come down.
RICHMOND – The Virginia State Conference NAACP celebrated today’s unanimous decision by the Supreme Court of Virginia that clears the way for the removal of a confederate monument on state-owned property. Today’s court decision comes after the Virginia NAACP filed an amicus brief in the case earlier this year.
The Supreme Court of Virginia ruled that the Commonwealth of Virginia has the authority to finally remove the Robert E. Lee Monument in Richmond, Virginia. The Supreme Court of Virginia has also dissolved the injunction that was keeping the statute up, meaning that it can now come down.
“Following the Virginia NAACP’s legal advocacy efforts, today’s court decision moves us one step closer to finally bringing down the Robert E. Lee monument for good,” said Robert N. Barnette, Jr., President of the Virginia NAACP. “I look forward to seeing the monument finally come down.”
Sands Anderson PC was retained to represent the Virginia State Conference NAACP on this matter.
ABOUT THE VIRGINIA NAACP
Founded in 1935, the Virginia State Conference of NAACP Branches (Virginia NAACP) is the oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization in the Commonwealth, overseeing over 100 NAACP branches, youth councils, and college chapters. The Virginia NAACP is focused on being the preeminent voice of Black Virginians and advocating for policies and programs to benefit Blacks and people of color. You can read more about the Virginia NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue areas by visiting NAACPVA.org.
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