Stoney has since that a commission of historians, experts and community leaders appointed to study the issue will begin considering the 'removal and/or relocation of some or all' of the statues in light of the events in Charlottesville.In a Thursday interview with the Associated Press, Jack said he used to be open to the idea that the statues on Richmond's famed Monument Avenue - which memorialize southern Civil War heroes, including Jackson - might be acceptable if context were added to explain why they were built.They were very clearly meant to be things that would intimidate black people and further white supremacy in the U. Chaos erupted at the Charlottesville rally, which included neo-Nazis, skinheads, Ku Klux Klan members, and is believed to be the largest gathering of white supremacists in a decade.They clashed violently with counterdemonstrators, and after authorities ordered the crowd to disperse, a car plowed into a group of marchers, killing a woman and injuring 19 others.
The added: 'We wish to make it clear his statue does not represent us.'William Jackson Christian (left) and Warren Edmund Christian (right), the great-great-grandsons of Confederate Gen.
They added: 'While we are not ashamed of our great great grandfather, we are ashamed to benefit from white supremacy while our black family and friends suffer.
We are ashamed of the monument.'The brothers went on to say they have 'respect and admiration' for the mayor's leadership, but disagree with his claim that 'removal of symbols does [nothing] for telling the actual truth [nor] changes the state of culture of racism in this country today'.
Christian said he would like to see the statues preserved somewhere after they are removed from public display.
Michael Shoop, who wrote a book on the genealogy of the Jackson family, confirmed that the men are descendants of the Confederate general.
They are direct descendants through Jackson's daughter Julia Laura Jackson, his only child to survive into adulthood, who married William Edmund Christian.