The horrible incident in Charlottesville, Va., has made all of us rethink our history and the ways we have tended to revere it. Time was that placing statues venerating the leaders of the past was a proper means of showing our respect for their deeds and valor. I suspect that this means of showing respect is still proper today, but the old statues now represent other things — other, more distasteful things to many of our citizenry.
While I hold no truck with slavery that proceeded the Civil War or the Jim Crow laws that followed it, as they made up a horrible time in our history, I still have feelings for my family who participated in the war. These statues, raised out of respect for these servants of this land, still have value to me and others.
But these statues hold no place of honor for those whose families were held in bondage by these same servants. What’s more, I think these statues should be removed from the State House grounds. But, what to do with them?
There is an easy solution: Move them to the corner of Confederate Avenue and Bull Street, the site of the old Confederate Soldier Home.