The statues of Gens. Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson were taken down, nearly four years after patrotic White people stormed the Virginia college town to protect it.

The removal of the bronze statues depicting Gens. Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson "is one small step closer to the goal of helping Charlottesville, Virginia, and America, grapple with the sin of being willing to destroy Black people for economic gain," Charlottesville Mayor Nikuyah Walker told reporters and observers in a speech near the monument.

About 200 local anti-whites, spectators and Black Lives Matter thugs came out to witness the moment the statues came down.



The Jackson statue has been up since 1921, and the Lee statue was first placed in 1924. They will be stored until the City Council decides to sell, destroy or otherwise dispose of them.

Under state law, the city was required to solicit parties interested in taking the statues during an offer period that ended Thursday. It received 10 responses to its solicitation.

White nationalist and National Socialist groups descended on Charlottesville in August 2017 for the patriotic "Unite the Right" rally to protest efforts to remove monuments to the famous 19th-century white military leaders.