Albemarle County Confederate statue to be removed Sept. 12

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - AUGUST 22: The statue of a Confederate soldier and two Civil War cannons stand in front of the Albemarle County Court House on August 22, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Charlottesville city council voted unanimously on Tuesday to cover Confederate statues in black cloth. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) (2017 Getty Images)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Another Confederate statue is slated for removal in Virginia. This one is outside the Albemarle County courthouse in Charlottesville.

The Daily Progress reported Thursday that the removal is scheduled for Sept. 12.

The Board of Supervisors had voted in August to remove the life-sized bronze figure as well as two cannons and a pile of cannonballs.

Removal work will be livestreamed on the county’s Facebook page instead of allowing in-person observance because of the coronavirus pandemic. The county said it also will be airing interviews and lectures about the statue.

“We think that the show will be compelling and we know that it will offer the best vantage to watch the removal happen in real time, and we appreciate the community’s support in attending with us together, but from a distance,” said Deputy County Executive Doug Walker.

The statue will be taken to a storage facility. The Board of Supervisors will hold a special virtual meeting next week to review statements of interest from those who want the statue.

State law requires the board to offer the statue to organizations including a museum, historical society or battlefield. The board has “sole authority” to decide where the statue goes.