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Charlottesville council votes to remove Confederate statues, redesign parks

Several people holding signs at the meeting saying "Mike Signer resign" at City Council meeting in Charlottesvill Tuesday night (Photo: WSET)

UPDATE: 11:45 p.m.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va, (WSET) -- The Charlottesville City Council meeting lasted more than five hours Tuesday, but counselors unanimously decided to remove the Stonewall Jackson statue.

This comes months after they voted to remove the Robert E. Lee statue in a different park.

Pending the outcome of a lawsuit challenging their authority to remove the statues, will decide if the statues are actually able to be removed.

More than 20 people came up to the podium Tuesday night to have their voice heard about the decision to remove the statues.

The Jackson and Lee statues have caused controversy throughout Charlottesville and across the nation.

During a white nationalist rally on August 12th Heather Heyer was killed along with two state troopers and dozens of others were injured.

The removal is apart of the city's initiative to become a community of mutual respect and show their commitment to racial and cultural diversity.

The city voted not too long ago to cover up the statues until they decided what they were going to do with them.

City counselors said they have a plan to have both of the parks where the statues reside to be redesigned in two phases.

"We the city of Charlottesville Virginia order the removal of the statue of Stonewall Jackson from Justice Park as soon as possible," Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy said. "Both statues will be moved to storage location pending final disposition and successful bidders will be required to reimburse the cost for removal."

Some people of Charlottesville believed the vote should be left to them to decide the both statues fate.

The city manager has been appointed to select a community council to determine what the parks will look like in the near and distant future.

At the city council meeting, council members also said they hired a firm to redesign both Emancipation and Justice Park without the statues in them.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- The Charlottesville City Council is set to vote on removing a second Confederate monument.

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The city's decision earlier this year to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee helped spark a rally of white nationalists that descended into violence.

Although the council had initially planned to leave a statue of Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson in place, it is reconsidering in light of what happened at the rally.

A resolution on removing the statue is on Tuesday night's agenda. The statue would remain, however, while a lawsuit over it and the Lee monument plays out.

Anger boiled over the last council meeting two weeks ago, where scores of people screamed and cursed at councilors over the city's response to the rally. Tuesday's agenda also includes time for public comment.

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