November 6, 2018
Ever since the events of Charlottesville, many parts of country have been shrouded in controversy over the existence of confederate statues, and Alexandria is no exception. The Appomattox statue, located in Old Town, shows a confederate soldier, with a hat in his hand, looking down on the ground. Since the events of Charlottesville, many vocal opponents of confederate monuments have spoken out against the existence of these statues. The City of Alexandria actually did vote to remove the statue in 2016, but that won’t be possible until the state lawmakers in Richmond approve the removal. However, with a republican majority in the state legislature, no one expects that to happen anytime soon.