Judge orders Charlottesville to uncover Confederate statues

Judge orders Charlottesville to uncover Confederate statues
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A judge in Charlottesville, Va., has ordered the city to remove the tarps covering the statues of two Confederate generals.

The judge ordered the tarps to be taken off the statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson within 15 days of the court order being entered, which is likely to happen this week, WHSV TV-3 reported on Tuesday.


The tarps were placed over the statues as a sign of mourning following the deaths of three people in connection with the "Unite the Right" rally in August. The white supremacist rally was protesting the planned removal of the Lee statue.

However, the city never said when the mourning period would end and has been actively replacing the tarps when people take them down, the news station reported.

The city was sued last year after its council voted to remove the statues.

A judge later ruled that Jackson’s statue meets the criteria for a war memorial, but chose to keep the tarps over the statues.

On Tuesday, a judge ruled that the Lee statue also qualifies as a war monument but the city could still rename Jackson Park to Justice Park, according to WHSV.

City officials say the tarps cost about $375 each and City Manager Maurice Jones testified that the city spends about $3,000 on each tarp, the news outlet reported. The city has bought six or seven, according to WHSV.

Activists have said they will continue to work to remove the statues.