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Board of Supervisors Public Hearing on Monuments & Memorials at Court Square
7/2/2020

Today, July 1st, 2020, amendments to Virginia Code § 15.2-1812 take effect, authorizing localities to remove, relocate, or contextualize the monuments in their communities.

 
The Board of Supervisors took the first step in this process today, by scheduling a public hearing to receive public comment on its intent to remove, relocate, contextualize, or cover the following monuments or memorials for the veterans of war located on the County-owned portion of Court Square - the statue known as "At Ready", cannons, and the stacked cannonballs.

 
The public hearing will be held on Thursday, August 6th at 6 pm. Due to restrictions related to COVID-19, this will be a virtual meeting of the Board of Supervisors. Full information about how to participate in a virtual public hearing will be posted on the Board of Supervisors' webpage, www.albemarle.org/bos.
In February, Albemarle County launched the Court Square Community Conversations project. This important engagement process relied heavily on coming together to explore a more inclusive history and to develop a common understanding of Court Square as an important public space.

 
Visit our Let's Talk Albemarle: Court Square project hub to learn more. Take our virtual Court Square Tour, attend a panel discussion, or join a listening session to engage in a dialogue around public spaces in our community.

 
Court Square as a Public Space
Monday, July 20th at 6 pm
Discussion of the cultural landscape of Court Square and the historic significance and design of its current markers and monuments with Elgin Cleckley of UVA, Justin Reid of Virginia Humanities, Dr. Kirt von Daacke of UVA, and Betsy Baten of Monticello. Dr. Andrea Douglas of the Jefferson School to moderate.

 
Community Conversations
Participate in a guided conversation with community members and share your stories about memorialization, public space, and Court Square. Attendees will learn from and share with others to enhance our collective understanding. This event will be a virtual Zoom meeting. Participants may call in or participate online. 

 
Expanding the Narrative at Highland
Dr. Sara Bon-Harper, Executive Director of James Monroe’s Highland, Dr. Louis Nelson of UVA, and Ms. Jennifer Stacy, member of Highland’s Descendant Advisory Panel, led a discussion on their work to represent a multivocal history, one in which many voices combine to tell one set of stories.

 
Share Your Experience
Participate in the conversation by responding to our questionnaire. Our questions are designed to help us learn what public space means to you, and to understand your experience of the public space at Court Square.

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